Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.
Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.
The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.
Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.
The mission of the Caribbean Resource Center is to gather research material, data, working papers, and agency reports on this variegated region of the world. The objective is to provide an abundance of information about the Caribbean that will be beneficial to those living inside and outside of the region. In this age of information technology, and further, cultural and economic globalization, the centralization of datasets will be helpful to students, faculty and scholars eager to deepen their knowledge of the region. The Caribbean Resource Center is an initiative of the King Graduate School at Monroe College. The College operates three campuses of higher education in the Bronx, New Rochelle and St. Lucia (located in the Caribbean). As an institution of higher learning, we are pleased to provide this service.
The Caribbean encompasses twenty-three islands with a combined population of approximately forty-two million people. There is no common language, but there is a common historical experience. With the discovery of the New World by European seafarers, the Caribbean islands grew in importance as they served a pivotal role in accelerating economic development in Europe.
Plantation economies, based primarily on the production of sugar, shaped the social structure of the region. Workers were usurped from Europe, Africa, and Asia to till the fields. They labored under backbreaking conditions. Colonial powers like England, France, and Spain seized these opportunities to create sprawling empires. During the colonial years, respective Caribbean islands were more linked to the mother country than to each other.
The world changed dramatically after World War II. Colonial empires crumbled, giving way to movements of self determination. In the latter half of the twentieth century, Caribbean islands achieved independence and sought to develop their economies in a highly competitive world. Earlier in the nineteenth century Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba had all attained independence.
Cognizant of the forces of regionalization and globalization, the English-speaking Caribbean forged a regional entity known as The Caribbean Community and Common Market ( CARICOM). Despite these regional ties, the former colonies continue to have close trading relationships with respective mother countries. These nations have also developed and augmented economic relationships with the United States and Canada. Not only are there close economic ties, but the migratory flow between the Caribbean region and North America has become essential to the region’s financial wellbeing. Tourism in the Caribbean depends heavily on American vacationers and Caribbean economies depend heavily on remittances that come from Caribbean workers sojourned in the United States.