Defining the Caribbean
The Caribbean, also known as the West Indies is defined as a broad crescent of tropical islands extending from the Bahamas and Cuba southwards to Trinidad with varied history resulting from the various races of people and various cultures characterized by different languages, music and dance.
The physical landscape
| The crescent shaped physical landscape of the Caribbean is located between ten and twenty degrees north and eighty to eighty eight degrees west and is divided into the greater and lesser Antilles.
| Caribbean people
| The Caribbean people are a diversified mix of races consisting mainly of Indians, Spanish English, Europeans, and Africans
| Caribbean culture
| In The Caribbean each island has a unique cultural identity, an example of this can be found in the music and dance.
The Caribbean people are a diversified mix of races consisting mainly of Indians, Spanish, English, European and Africans. The indigenous settlers are Paleo, Meso and Neo Indians who came from South and Central America between 5000 - 500 BC. These earliest inhabitants had a civilization that relied on basic tools made from stone and shells. The Caribbean then became a cross roads, where Spanish, English and European powers came and fought to gain control of the new world and the supposedly wealth that came with. When wealth in the form of gold and silver bullion was not found they finally resort to the cultivation of sugar cane which had the potential to generate large amount of revenues. With a growth and harvest cycle of many years and permanently established equipment, permanent settler colonies had to establish around the fields and as a result of the great demand for labourers Africans arrived as slaves during the 1640 to 1660’s
In the Caribbean each island has its unique cultural identity, an example of this can be found in the music and dance. Music has been central to Caribbean culture...
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