thousands of European settlers took root, the European influence was heavier. In a place like Haiti, where thousands of slaves would work under a handful of white overseers, a European influence was less pronounced. In the end, the music of each island and region has its own unique character. Music from France and Spain The French brought classical music and dances to the Caribbean through upper class forms like the waltz and minuet. The quadrille , a masked dance popular in the court of Napoleon, came to the French Caribbean islands in the early nineteenth century.

A European drew this picture of Afro-Caribbean slaves dancing in 1833. The slaves are accompanied by various percussion instruments, including drums and gourd rattles. Modern Caribbean music incorporates many traditional West African influences.


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