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23 On Creolization – Theorizing Caribbean Identity The Sel f /Other Dynamic in Colonial ist Discourse Ever since Columbus first set foot on the Caribbean islands in 1492, the collision of different cultural attitudes and practices has marked the development of the emergent New World societies and their complex processes of identity formation. As Tzvetan Todorov in his seminal work on the discovery of America has argued, the New World “con- quest” marked the “beginning of the modern era,” when Christian mis- sionary doctrine and its discourse of