For the Caribbean, one of the most significant moments of history was the slave trade, the driving force of an economy based for centuries on colonial plantations and the foundation of our cultures and nationalities today.
That legacy has contributed throughout valuable elements which are disseminated through the entire region, many of which have a universal character. However, a just consideration has not been achieved of this legacy, its diversity and dimensions, the cultural richness associated with the communities that live in those sites at present, nor its expression in languages, creeds, rites, cooking, festivities and traditional techniques.
The Project Placesof Memory of the Slave Route in the Latin Caribbean aims at identifying, protecting and appreciating the true values of this huge legacy and the cultural manifestations associated with the bearer communities. The project is also designed to empower this legacy as a source for the sustainable development of these communities.
The following basic objectives are pursued:
To verify the diversity of material evidence in the Slave Route in the Caribbean, its relationship with the community and the intangible dimension expressed through the various forms of living cultures;
To diagnose the state of preservation of these properties and their management policies;
To contribute to the proper assessment of this legacy in accordance with the development strategies of local communities, including tourism and educational projects for children and young people;
To promote the study and preservation of this legacy and to encourage the State parties of the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage to propose the most relevant sites of the region for world heritage category;
To select the most relevant places of memory and the masterpieces of intangible heritage of the region and include them in a publication which will contribute to the fulfillment of said objectives.