Donita: I read in the ship’s newspaper that the pigs were brought here by the Spanish. Winsome: That’s true; in our history we learned that the French called the Spanish, “Buccaneers” which means the method they used for cooking the pork. It was meant to be an insult.
Sandra: Why? Winsome: The Spanish tried to take over the French lands by killing all of the pigs. Since the animals were a big part of the economy, they thought this would make the French people leave. Donita: What happened? Winsome: The Spanish drove them from their land and a new plan developed. Donita: A new plan? Winsome: The people on the island were not soldiers, but they were excellent swimmers and sailors.
Whenever a Spanish ship was spotted close to the island, the men would go out there at night and board the ship while most of the crew slept. (They continue walking around the animal area.)
Sandra: This is very interesting; I don’t know anything about this part of history. Winsome: At first, the men would just steal what they needed, but later they decided to start stealing any Spanish ships that came close to the island. Then they became proud of calling themselves, “Buccaneers.” Donita: I think I would like to learn more about the pirates in this area. Sandra: There’s a library onboard the ship; we can look up some more history when we go back. Donita: Good idea! Winsome: Now I didn’t forget about your interest in the Kalinago Village. It has a Confusing history; you might like to read more when you get back to the ship. Sandra: Confusing? Winsome: Yes, about 100 years before the Spanish came here, the Tainos and the Cribs were fighting. The Caribs wanted women from other villages for wives. Then the Europeans came and fought to get the land. Then when Columbus arrived, he called the people, “Indians.” Kalinago is the Carib word for the people. Sandra: I understand why you say it is confusing. I would like to read about the history. Donita: I think we should go back into town now. I’d like to see the fort and maybe do some shopping.
They get into the cab. Winsome drives them to the north-west coast where they tour Fort Shirley, named after the Governor of Dominica in 1774. The buildings were in continuous use as a hospital in the 1920’s and then as an agricultural center until it was closed down. Then the ladies return to the ship.
Sandra: That was a fantastic experience; I really learned a lot from Winsome. Donita: Let’s get some lunch, and then go to the library. I’d like to read about the Pirates and more about Dominca. Sandra: We don’t want to eat too much; this afternoon there’s a Filipino Tea at 3:00. I’m really looking forward to trying food from another country. Donita: I agree; I’ll just have a salad for now.
After lunch, they go to the library.
Sandra: (Reading from book.) Donita, listen to this: “To this day, the Kalinago people fight against what they regard as a misconception about their ancestors. The film “Pirates of the Caribbean” was criticized by the National Garifun Council for portraying the Carib people as cannibals.” Donita: Well in this article by Wikipedia it says, “Instances of Cannibalism were noted as a feature of a war ritual.” Sandra: What does that mean? Donita: It says that cannibalism was part of a religious ceremony. Sandra: In my book it states, “Cannibalism was only practiced when a Carib defeated his enemy. It was believed he could take on the bravery of that person.” Donita: Here’s another article: “The idea of cannibalism was a lie. It was used as an excuse to enslave or kill the native people.” Isn’t that what the driver told us? Sandra: Yes, she did. Look at the time! We better go change our clothes and go to the Filipino tea.