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Non-Sovereign Caribbean Territories that Belong to Britain, France, the Netherlands, or the United States

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This chapter analyses non-sovereign Caribbean territories that currently belong to Britain, France, the Netherlands or the United States. The non-sovereign Caribbean territories in fact outnumber the sovereign ones. Britain's aim from the very beginning was the full transfer of sovereignty to the newly independent states, a process that started in the 1960s. The United States arrived as a new player in the region around the turn of the twentieth century, permanently incorporating Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for geopolitical reasons relating to the Cold War, and temporarily occupying Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. France hung on to its colonies, even though they were of little economic value, to retain its role in international politics as well as to preserve some of its grandeur. The Netherlands saw Surinam become independent in 1975 but kept its overseas possessions in the Caribbean, be it under all kinds of different political arrangements.

Keywords: Britain; France; Netherlands; non-sovereign Caribbean territories; United States



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