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Black Power in the Caribbean$
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Kate Quinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049090

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049090.001.0001

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Black Power, Popular Revolt, and Decolonization in the Dutch Caribbean

Black Power, Popular Revolt, and Decolonization in the Dutch Caribbean

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Black Power in the Caribbean

Gert Oostindie

University Press of Florida

This chapter opens with a summary of Dutch decolonization policies in the Caribbean, followed by an analysis of the state of affairs in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles in the late 1960s, including the position of the Afro-Caribbean population in both countries. It then analyses the dramatic events of the May 1969 revolt in Curaçao, assessing the long-term implications of the uprising for the constitutional development of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and for Afro-Caribbean empowerment in the former Dutch colonies. While ideas of Afro-Caribbean liberation contributed both to the 1969 revolt and to the later independence of Suriname in 1975, these events do not conform to a simple heroic narrative of emancipatory Black Power in the Dutch Caribbean.

Keywords:   Decolonization, Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, Curaçao, May 1969 revolt, Black Power, Afro-Caribbean liberation

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