Size in Caribbean sports conflict

In the Caribbean we found the world map showing us being divided into the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles, by dint of the so-called discovery by the Spanish in the 15th Century.

At a later point, even when the Caribbean witnessed the emergence of local leaders in the different islands, the region appeared content to divide itself into the More Developed Countries, MDC, and the Lesser Developed Countries, LDC. In reality the divide reflected the geographical size of the countries that were categorised in the respective groupings. At the time too the economies reflected a sense of higher Gross Domestic Products, GDP, rather than genuine development in terms of the extent to which the GDP filtered down into a better quality of life for the majority of the populations in the designated countries.

For the most part the leaders of the Caribbean countries sought to convince their respective populations that because the islands were geographically larger the people had a right to see themselves as superior. They were virtually socialised into a superiority complex the basis of which lay in the perception that size matters.

Of course the same thing had happened for some time at the international level, historically. The British came to see themselves as superior to every other nation during the colonial period because of the number of countries they had colonised and included in their contrived concept of a ‘Broader England.’ Later on the other European powers did likewise. In what became the modern period the emergence of industrialisation and monopoly capitalism ushered in the concept of geographically large nations and economic dominance that ultimately facilitated the Group of eight (G8) that saw themselves as the rulers of the world.