Caribbean - Wikipedia Caribbean From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the group of islands. For the indigenous inhabitants of Caribbean region and people of Caribbean descent, see Caribbean people. For the body of water surrounding them, see Caribbean Sea. For other uses, see Caribbean (disambiguation). CaribbeanArea2,754,000 km2 (1,063,000 sq mi)Population43,601,839[1]Population density151.5/km2 (392/sq mi)Ethnic groupsAfro-Caribbean, European, Indo-Caribbean, Latino or Hispanic (Spanish, Portuguese, Mestizo, Mulatto, Pardo, and Zambo), Chinese Caribbean, Jewish, Arab, Javanese,[2]Amerindian, MultiracialReligionsChristianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Rastafarianism, Native American religion, Yoruba, Bahá'í Faith, Chinese folk religion (including Taoism and Confucianism), Kebatinan, Afro-American religion, Traditional African religion, and othersDemonymCaribbean, West IndianCountries13 sovereign statesDependencies17 dependent territoriesLanguagesSpanish, English, French, Dutch, French Creoles, English Creoles, Caribbean Hindustani, among othersTime zonesUTC−5 to UTC−4Internet TLDMultipleCalling codeMultipleLargest citiesList of metropolitan areas in the West IndiesSanto DomingoHavanaPort-au-PrinceSan JuanKingstonSantiago de CubaSantiago de los CaballerosCamagüeyCap-HaïtienSpanish TownChaguanasGeorgetownParamariboUN M.49 code029 – Caribbean419 – Latin America019 – Americas001 – WorldThe Caribbean (/ˌkærɪˈbiːən, kəˈrɪbiən/, locally /ˈkærɪbiːən/)[3] is a region of North America that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea[4] and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean)[5] and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America. Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays. (See the list of Caribbean islands.) These islands generally form island arcs that delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea.[6] The Caribbean islands, consisting of the Greater Antilles on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), are part of the somewhat larger West Indies grouping, which also includes the Lucayan Archipelago (comprising the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands). The Lucayans and, less commonly, Bermuda, are also sometimes considered Caribbean despite the fact that none of these islands border the Caribbean Sea. In a wider sense, the mainland countries, regions, and territories of Belize, the Caribbean region of Colombia, Cozumel, the Yucatán Peninsula, Margarita Island, the Guyanas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Guayana Region in Venezuela, and Amapá in Brazil), are often included due to their political and cultural ties with the region.[7]Geopolitically, the Caribbean islands are usually regarded as a subregion of North America[8][9][10][11][12] and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From December 15, 1954, to October 10, 2010, there was a country known as the Netherlands Antilles composed of five states, all of which were Dutch dependencies.[13] From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was also a short-lived political union called the West Indies Federation composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then British dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations. Contents 1 Etymology and pronunciation 2 Definition 3 Geography and geology 3.1 Climate 3.2 Island groups 3.3 Historical groupings 3.4 Countries and territories of the Caribbean today 3.5 Continental countries with Caribbean coastlines and islands 4 Biodiversity 4.1 Plants and animals 5 Demographics 5.1 Indigenous groups 5.2 Language 5.3 Religion 6 Politics 6.1 Regionalism 6.1.1 United States effects on regionalism 6.1.2 Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and Association of Caribbean States 6.1.3 Venezuela's effects on regionalism 7 Regional institutions 8 Cuisine 8.1 Favorite or national dishes 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Bibliography 13 Further reading 14 External links Etymology and pronunciation[edit] The region takes its name from that of the Caribs, an ethnic group present in the Lesser Antilles and parts of adjacent South America at the time of the Spanish conquest of America.[14]The two most prevalent pronunciations of "Caribbean" outside the Caribbean are /ˌkærɪˈbiːən/ (karr-ə-BEE-ən), with the primary stress on the third syllable, and /kəˈrɪbiən/ (kə-RIB-ee-ən), with the stress on the second. Most authorities of the last century preferred the stress on the third syllable.[15] This is the older of the two pronunciations, but the stressed-second-syllable variant has been established for over 75 years.[16] It has been suggested that speakers of British English prefer /ˌkærɪˈbiːən/ (karr-ə-BEE-ən) while North American speakers more typically use /kəˈrɪbiən/ (kə-RIB-ee-ən),[17] but major American dictionaries and other sources list the stress on the third syllable as more common in American English too.[18][19][20][21] According to the American version of Oxford Online Dictionaries, the stress on the second syllable is becoming more common in UK English and is increasingly considered "by some" to be more up to date and more "correct".[22]The Oxford Online Dictionaries claim that the stress on the second syllable is the most common pronunciation in the Caribbean itself, but according to the Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, the most common pronunciation in Caribbean English is in fact on the first syllable, /ˈkærɪˌbiːən/ (KARR-ə-bee-ən).[3][22] Definition[edit] Map of the Caribbean The word "Caribbean" has multiple uses. Its principal ones are geographical and political. The Caribbean can also be expanded to include territories with strong cultural and historical connections to slavery, European colonisation and the plantation system. The United Nations geoscheme for the Americas presents the Caribbean as a distinct region within the Americas. Physiographically, the Caribbean region is mainly a chain of islands surrounding the Caribbean Sea. To the north, the region is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida and the Northern Atlantic Ocean, which lies to the east and northeast. To the south lies the coastline of the continent of South America. Politically, the "Caribbean" may be centred on socio-economic groupings found in the region. For example, the bloc known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) contains the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the Republic of Suriname in South America and Belize in Central America as full members. Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which are in the Atlantic Ocean, are associate members of the Caribbean Community. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is also in the Atlantic and is a full member of the Caribbean Community. Alternatively, the organisation called the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) consists of almost every nation in the surrounding regions that lie on the Caribbean, plus El Salvador, which lies solely on the Pacific Ocean. According to the ACS, the total population of its member states is 227 million people.[23]Geography and geology[edit]   The Caribbean Plate The geography and climate in the Caribbean region varies: Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. These islands include Aruba (possessing only minor volcanic features), Curaçao, Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Saint Croix, the Bahamas, and Antigua. Others possess rugged towering mountain-ranges like the islands of Saint Martin, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Tortola, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago. Definitions of the terms Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles often vary. The Virgin Islands as part of the Puerto Rican bank are sometimes included with the Greater Antilles. The term Lesser Antilles is often used to define an island arc that includes Grenada but excludes Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Antilles. The waters of the Caribbean Sea host large, migratory schools of fish, turtles, and coral reef formations. The Puerto Rico Trench, located on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea just to the north of the island of Puerto Rico, is the deepest point in all of the Atlantic Ocean.[24]The region sits in the line of several major shipping routes with the Panama Canal connecting the western Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean. Climate[edit] The climate of the area is tropical, varying from tropical rainforest in some areas to tropical savanna in others. There are also some locations that are arid climates with considerable drought in some years. Rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents (cool upwellings keep the ABC islands arid). Warm, moist trade winds blow consistently from the east, creating both rain forest and semi arid climates across the region. The tropical rainforest climates include lowland areas near the Caribbean Sea from Costa Rica north to Belize, as well as the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, while the more seasonal dry tropical savanna climates are found in Cuba, northern Venezuela, and southern Yucatan, Mexico. Arid climates are found along the extreme southern coast of Venezuela out to the islands including Aruba and Curacao, as well as the northern tip of Yucatan. While the region generally is sunny much of the year, the wet season from May through November sees more frequent cloud cover (both broken and overcast), while the dry season from December through April is more often clear to mostly sunny. Seasonal rainfall is divided into 'dry' and 'wet' seasons, with the latter six months of the year being wetter than the first half. The air temperature is hot much of the year, varying from 25 to 33 C (77 F to 90 F) between the wet and dry seasons. Seasonally, monthly mean temperatures vary from only about 5 C (7 F) in the northern most regions, to less than 3 C in the southernmost areas of the Caribbean. Hurricane season is from June to November, but they occur more frequently in August and September and more common in the northern islands of the Caribbean. Hurricanes that sometimes batter the region usually strike northwards of Grenada and to the west of Barbados. The principal hurricane belt arcs to northwest of the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean. A great example being recent events of Hurricane Irma devastating the island of Saint Martin during the 2017 hurricane season. Sea surface temperatures change little annually, normally running from 30 °C (87 °F) in the warmest months to 26 °C (76 °F) in the coolest months. Aruba: Latitude 12°N Climate data for Oranjestad, Aruba (1981–2010, extremes 1951–2010) Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 32.5 (90.5) 33.0 (91.4) 33.9 (93) 34.4 (93.9) 34.9 (94.8) 35.2 (95.4) 35.3 (95.5) 36.1 (97) 36.5 (97.7) 35.4 (95.7) 35.0 (95) 34.8 (94.6) 36.5 (97.7) Average high °C (°F) 30.0 (86) 30.4 (86.7) 30.9 (87.6) 31.5 (88.7) 32.0 (89.6) 32.2 (90) 32.0 (89.6) 32.6 (90.7) 32.7 (90.9) 32.1 (89.8) 31.3 (88.3) 30.4 (86.7) 31.5 (88.7) Daily mean °C (°F) 26.7 (80.1) 26.8 (80.2) 27.2 (81) 27.9 (82.2) 28.5 (83.3) 28.7 (83.7) 28.6 (83.5) 29.1 (84.4) 29.2 (84.6) 28.7 (83.7) 28.1 (82.6) 27.2 (81) 28.1 (82.6) Average low °C (°F) 24.5 (76.1) 24.7 (76.5) 25.0 (77) 25.8 (78.4) 26.5 (79.7) 26.7 (80.1) 26.4 (79.5) 26.8 (80.2) 26.9 (80.4) 26.4 (79.5) 25.8 (78.4) 25.0 (77) 25.9 (78.6) Record low °C (°F) 21.3 (70.3) 20.6 (69.1) 21.4 (70.5) 21.5 (70.7) 21.8 (71.2) 22.7 (72.9) 21.2 (70.2) 21.3 (70.3) 22.1 (71.8) 21.9 (71.4) 22.0 (71.6) 20.5 (68.9) 20.5 (68.9) Average precipitation mm (inches) 39.3 (1.547) 20.6 (0.811) 8.7 (0.343) 11.6 (0.457) 16.3 (0.642) 18.7 (0.736) 31.7 (1.248) 25.8 (1.016) 45.5 (1.791) 77.8 (3.063) 94.0 (3.701) 81.8 (3.22) 471.8 (18.575) Source: DEPARTAMENTO METEOROLOGICO ARUBA,[25] (extremes)[26]Puerto Rico: Latitude 18°N Climate data for San Juan, Puerto Rico Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 33 (92) 36 (96) 36 (96) 36 (97) 36 (96) 36 (97) 35 (95) 35 (95) 36 (97) 36 (97) 37 (98) 36 (96) 34 (94) Average high °C (°F) 28 (83) 29 (84) 29 (85) 30 (86) 31 (87) 32 (89) 31 (88) 31 (88) 32 (89) 31 (88) 30 (86) 29 (84) 30 (86) Average low °C (°F) 22 (72) 22 (72) 23 (73) 23 (74) 24 (76) 26 (78) 26 (78) 26 (78) 26 (78) 25 (77) 24 (75) 23 (73) 24 (75) Record low °C (°F) 16 (61) 17 (62) 16 (60) 18 (64) 18 (64) 19 (66) 21 (69) 20 (68) 21 (69) 19 (67) 18 (65) 17 (62) 16 (61) Average precipitation mm (inches) 95 (3.74) 60 (2.36) 49 (1.93) 118 (4.65) 150 (5.91) 112 (4.41) 128 (5.04) 138 (5.43) 146 (5.75) 142 (5.59) 161 (6.34) 126 (4.96) 1,431 (56.34) Source: The National Weather Service [27]Cuba: at Latitude 22°N Climate data for Havana Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high °C (°F) 32.5 (90.5) 33.0 (91.4) 35.9 (96.6) 36.4 (97.5) 36.9 (98.4) 37.2 (99) 38.0 (100.4) 36.1 (97) 37.5 (99.5) 35.4 (95.7) 35.0 (95) 34.8 (94.6) 38 (100.4) Average high °C (°F) 25.8 (78.4) 26.1 (79) 27.6 (81.7) 28.6 (83.5) 29.8 (85.6) 30.5 (86.9) 31.3 (88.3) 31.6 (88.9) 31.0 (87.8) 29.2 (84.6) 27.7 (81.9) 26.5 (79.7) 28.8 (83.8) Daily mean °C (°F) 22.2 (72) 22.4 (72.3) 23.7 (74.7) 24.8 (76.6) 26.1 (79) 27.0 (80.6) 27.6 (81.7) 27.9 (82.2) 27.4 (81.3) 26.1 (79) 24.5 (76.1) 23.0 (73.4) 25.2 (77.4) Average low °C (°F) 18.6 (65.5) 18.6 (65.5) 19.7 (67.5) 20.9 (69.6) 22.4 (72.3) 23.4 (74.1) 23.8 (74.8) 24.1 (75.4) 23.8 (74.8) 23.0 (73.4) 21.3 (70.3) 19.5 (67.1) 21.6 (70.9) Record low °C (°F) 5.1 (41.2) 5.6 (42.1) 5.4 (41.7) 11.5 (52.7) 16.8 (62.2) 19.7 (67.5) 18.2 (64.8) 19.3 (66.7) 19.1 (66.4) 11.9 (53.4) 10.0 (50) 7.5 (45.5) 5.1 (41.2) Average rainfall mm (inches) 64.4 (2.535) 68.6 (2.701) 46.2 (1.819) 53.7 (2.114) 98.0 (3.858) 182.3 (7.177) 105.6 (4.157) 99.6 (3.921) 144.4 (5.685) 180.5 (7.106) 88.3 (3.476) 57.6 (2.268) 1,189.2 (46.817) Source: World Meteorological Organisation (UN),[28][29] A field in Pinar del Rio planted with Cuban tobacco Puerto Rico's south shore, from the mountains of Jayuya Grand Anse beach, St. George's, Grenada A church cemetery perched in the mountains of Guadeloupe A view of Nevis island from the southeastern peninsula of Saint Kitts Island groups[edit] Lucayan Archipelago[a]  The Bahamas  Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)Greater Antilles  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)  Cuba Hispaniola  Haiti  Dominican Republic  Jamaica  Puerto Rico (U.S. Commonwealth) Spanish Virgin IslandsLesser Antilles Leeward Islands  United States Virgin Islands (U.S.) Saint Croix Saint Thomas Saint John Water Island  British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) Tortola Virgin Gorda Anegada Jost Van Dyke  Anguilla (United Kingdom)  Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Barbuda Redonda Saint Martin, politically divided between  Saint Martin (France)  Sint Maarten (Kingdom of the Netherlands)  Saba (Caribbean Netherlands, Netherlands)  Sint Eustatius (Caribbean Netherlands, Netherlands)  Saint Barthélemy (French Antilles, France)  Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts Nevis  Montserrat (United Kingdom)  Guadeloupe (French Antilles, France) including Les Saintes Marie-Galante La Désirade Windward Islands  Dominica  Martinique (French Antilles, France)  Saint Lucia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent The Grenadines  Grenada Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique  Barbados  Trinidad and Tobago Tobago Trinidad Leeward Antilles  Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)  Curaçao (Kingdom of the Netherlands)  Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands, Netherlands)Historical groupings[edit] Main article: History of the Caribbean Spanish Caribbean Islands in the American Viceroyalties 1600 Political evolution of Central America and the Caribbean from 1700 to present The mostly Spanish-controlled Caribbean in the 16th century All islands at some point were, and a few still are, colonies of European nations; a few are overseas or dependent territories: British West Indies/Anglophone Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bay Islands, Guyana, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Croix (briefly), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago (from 1797) and the Turks and Caicos Islands Danish West Indies – Possession of Denmark-Norway before 1814, then Denmark, present-day United States Virgin Islands Dutch West Indies – Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Bay Islands (briefly), Saint Croix (briefly), Tobago, Surinam and Virgin Islands French West Indies – Anguilla (briefly), Antigua and Barbuda (briefly), Dominica, Dominican Republic (briefly), Grenada, Haiti (formerly Saint-Domingue), Montserrat (briefly), Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius (briefly), Sint Maarten, St. Kitts (briefly), Tobago (briefly), Saint Croix, the current French overseas départements of French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe (including Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes), the current French overseas collectivities of Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin Portuguese West Indies – present-day Barbados, known as Os Barbados in the 16th century when the Portuguese claimed the island en route to Brazil. The Portuguese left Barbados abandoned in 1533, nearly a century before the British arrived. Spanish West Indies – Cuba, Hispaniola (present-day Dominican Republic, Haiti (until 1659 to France), Puerto Rico, Jamaica (until 1655 to Great Britain), the Cayman Islands (until 1670 to Great Britain) Trinidad (until 1797 to Great Britain) and Bay Islands (until 1643 to Great Britain), coastal islands of Central America (except Belize), and some Caribbean coastal islands of Panama, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. Swedish West Indies – present-day French Saint-Barthélemy, Guadeloupe (briefly) and Tobago (briefly). Courlander West Indies – Tobago (until 1691)The British West Indies were united by the United Kingdom into a West Indies Federation between 1958 and 1962. The independent countries formerly part of the B.W.I. still have a joint cricket team that competes in Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. The West Indian cricket team includes the South American nation of Guyana, the only former British colony on the mainland of that continent. In addition, these countries share the University of the West Indies as a regional entity. The university consists of three main campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, a smaller campus in the Bahamas and Resident Tutors in other contributing territories such as Trinidad. Countries and territories of the Caribbean today[edit] .thumbinner{width:100%!important;max-width:none!important}.mw-parser-output .tmulti .tsingle{float:none!important;max-width:none!important;width:100%!important;text-align:center}}]]>Islands in and near the CaribbeanMaritime boundaries between the Caribbean (island) nations Main article: List of Caribbean islands See also: Caribbean South America and West Indies Flag Country or territory[30][31][32] Sovereignty Status Area(km2)[33] Population(2016 est.)[1] Density(people per km2) Capital Anguilla United Kingdom British overseas territory 7001910000000000000♠91 14,764 164.8 The Valley Antigua and Barbuda Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002442000000000000♠442 100,963 199.1 St. John's Aruba Kingdom of the Netherlands Constituent kingdom 7002180000000000000♠180 104,822 594.4 Oranjestad The Bahamas[34] Independent Constitutional monarchy 7004139430000000000♠13,943 391,232 24.5 Nassau Barbados Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002430000000000000♠430 284,996 595.3 Bridgetown Bonaire Kingdom of the Netherlands Special Municipality 7002294000000000000♠294 7004120930000000000♠12,093[35] 41.1 Kralendijk British Virgin Islands United Kingdom British overseas territory 7002151000000000000♠151 30,661 152.3 Road Town Cayman Islands United Kingdom British overseas territory 7002264000000000000♠264 60,765 212.1 George Town Cuba Independent Republic 7005109886000000000♠109,886 11,475,982 102.0 Havana Curaçao Kingdom of the Netherlands Constituent kingdom 7002444000000000000♠444 159,371 317.1 Willemstad Dominica Independent Republic 7002751000000000000♠751 73,543 89.2 Roseau Dominican Republic Independent Republic 7004486710000000000♠48,671 10,648,791 207.3 Santo Domingo Federal Dependencies of Venezuela Venezuela Territories 7002342000000000000♠342 2,155 6.3 Gran Roque Grenada Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002344000000000000♠344 107,317 302.3 St. George's Guadeloupe France Overseas department 7003162800000000000♠1,628 449,975 246.7 Basse-Terre Haiti Independent Republic 7004277500000000000♠27,750 10,847,334 361.5 Port-au-Prince Jamaica Independent Constitutional monarchy 7004109910000000000♠10,991 2,881,355 247.4 Kingston Martinique France Overseas department 7003112800000000000♠1,128 385,103 352.6 Fort-de-France Montserrat United Kingdom British overseas territory 7002102000000000000♠102 5,152 58.8 Plymouth (Brades)[36] Navassa Island United States Territory (uninhabited) 7000500000000000000♠5 5000000000000000000♠0 0.0 Nueva Esparta Venezuela State 7003115100000000000♠1,151 491,610 La Asunción Puerto Rico United States Commonwealth 7003887000000000000♠8,870 3,667,903 448.9 San Juan Saba Kingdom of the Netherlands Special municipality 7001130000000000000♠13 7003153700000000000♠1,537[35] 118.2 The Bottom San Andrés and Providencia Colombia Department 7001525000000000000♠52.5 7004751670000000000♠75,167 1431 San Andrés Saint Barthélemy France Overseas collectivity 7001210000000000000♠21 7003744800000000000♠7,448 354.7 Gustavia Saint Kitts and Nevis Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002261000000000000♠261 54,821 199.2 Basseterre Saint Lucia Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002539000000000000♠539 178,015 319.1 Castries Saint Martin France Overseas collectivity 7001540000000000000♠54 7004298200000000000♠29,820 552.2 Marigot Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Independent Constitutional monarchy 7002389000000000000♠389 109,643 280.2 Kingstown Sint Eustatius Kingdom of the Netherlands Special municipality 7001210000000000000♠21 7003273900000000000♠2,739[35] 130.4 Oranjestad Sint Maarten Kingdom of the Netherlands Constituent kingdom 7001340000000000000♠34 39,537 1176.7 Philipsburg Trinidad and Tobago Independent Republic 7003513000000000000♠5,130 1,364,962 261.0 Port of Spain Turks and Caicos Islands[37] United Kingdom British overseas territory 7002948000000000000♠948 34,900 34.8 Cockburn Town United States Virgin Islands United States Territory 7002347000000000000♠347 104,913 317.0 Charlotte Amalie Total 7005235667000000000♠235,667 7007441993890000000♠44,199,389 187.6 Continental countries with Caribbean coastlines and islands[edit]  Belize Ambergris Caye Belize City Big Creek Caye Caulker Glover's Reef Dangriga Hick's Cayes Hopkins Lighthouse Reef Placencia Punta Gorda St. George's Caye Tobacco Caye Turneffe Atoll  Colombia Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Rosario Islands  Costa Rica  French Guiana  Guatemala  Guyana  Honduras Islas de la Bahía Cayos Cochinos Guanaja Roatán Swan Islands Útila  Nicaragua Corn Islands Miskito Cays Pearl Cays  Panama Colon City Archipelago off Guna Yala coast (including the San Blas Islands) Bocas del Toro Archipelago (approximately 300 islands)  Mexico Quintana Roo Akumal Banco Chinchorro Boca Paila Cancun Chemuyil Chetumal Costa Maya Cozumel Isla Blanca Isla Cayo Culebra Isla Contoy Isla Holbox Isla Mujeres Mahahual Playa del Carmen Punta Allen Punta Maroma Puerto Aventuras Puerto Cancun Puerto Morelos Sian Ka'an Tulum Xcalak Xcaret Xelha Xpu-Há  Suriname  Venezuela Blanquilla Island Coche Island Cubagua Island Isla Aves Islas Los Frailes Isla Margarita La Orchila La Sola Island La Tortuga Island Las Aves archipelago Los Hermanos Archipelago Los Monjes Archipelago Los Roques archipelago Los Testigos Islands Patos Island Biodiversity[edit] The Caribbean islands have one of the most diverse eco systems in the world. The animals, fungi and plants, and have been classified as one of Conservation International's biodiversity hotspots because of their exceptionally diverse terrestrial and marine ecosystems, ranging from montane cloud forests, to tropical rainforest, to cactus scrublands. The region also contains about 8% (by surface area) of the world's coral reefs[38] along with extensive seagrass meadows,[39] both of which are frequently found in the shallow marine waters bordering the island and continental coasts of the region. For the fungi, there is a modern checklist based on nearly 90,000 records derived from specimens in reference collections, published accounts and field observations.[40] That checklist includes more than 11,250 species of fungi recorded from the region. As its authors note, the work is far from exhaustive, and it is likely that the true total number of fungal species already known from the Caribbean is higher. The true total number of fungal species occurring in the Caribbean, including species not yet recorded, is likely far higher given the generally accepted estimate that only about 7% of all fungi worldwide have been discovered.[41] Though the amount of available information is still small, a first effort has been made to estimate the number of fungal species endemic to some Caribbean islands. For Cuba, 2200 species of fungi have been tentatively identified as possible endemics of the island;[42] for Puerto Rico, the number is 789 species;[43] for the Dominican Republic, the number is 699 species;[44] for Trinidad and Tobago, the number is 407 species.[45]Many of the ecosystems of the Caribbean islands have been devastated by deforestation, pollution, and human encroachment. The arrival of the first humans is correlated with extinction of giant owls and dwarf ground sloths.[46] The hotspot contains dozens of highly threatened animals (ranging from birds, to mammals and reptiles), fungi and plants. Examples of threatened animals include the Puerto Rican amazon, two species of solenodon (giant shrews) in Cuba and the Hispaniola island, and the Cuban crocodile. Saona Island, Dominican Republic The region's coral reefs, which contain about 70 species of hard corals and between 500–700 species of reef-associated fishes[47] have undergone rapid decline in ecosystem integrity in recent years, and are considered particularly vulnerable to global warming and ocean acidification.[48] According to a UNEP report, the Caribbean coral reefs might get extinct in next 20 years due to population explosion along the coast lines, overfishing, the pollution of coastal areas and global warming.[49]Some Caribbean islands have terrain that Europeans found suitable for cultivation for agriculture. Tobacco was an important early crop during the colonial era, but was eventually overtaken by sugarcane production as the region's staple crop. Sugar was produced from sugarcane for export to Europe. Cuba and Barbados were historically the largest producers of sugar. The tropical plantation system thus came to dominate Caribbean settlement. Other islands were found to have terrain unsuited for agriculture, for example Dominica, which remains heavily forested. The islands in the southern Lesser Antilles, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, are extremely arid, making them unsuitable for agriculture. However, they have salt pans that were exploited by the Dutch. Sea water was pumped into shallow ponds, producing coarse salt when the water evaporated.[50]The natural environmental diversity of the Caribbean islands has led to recent growth in eco-tourism. This type of tourism is growing on islands lacking sandy beaches and dense human populations.[51] Plants and animals[edit] See also: List of invasive marine fish in the Caribbean Epiphytes (bromeliads, climbing palms) in the rainforest of Dominica. A green and black poison frog, Dendrobates auratus Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Guadeloupe. Costus speciosus, a marsh plant, Guadeloupe. An Atlantic ghost crab (Ocypode quadrata) in Martinique. Crescentia cujete, or calabash fruit, Martinique. Thalassoma bifasciatum (bluehead wrasse fish), over Bispira brunnea (social feather duster worms). Two Stenopus hispidus (banded cleaner shrimp) on a Xestospongia muta (giant barrel sponge). A pair of Cyphoma signatum (fingerprint cowry), off coastal Haiti. The Martinique amazon, Amazona martinicana, is an extinct species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. Anastrepha suspensa, a Caribbean fruit fly. Hemidactylus mabouia, a tropical gecko, in Dominica. Demographics[edit] A linen market in Dominica in the 1770s Agostino Brunias. Free Women of Color with Their Children and Servants in a Landscape Brooklyn Museum Asian Indians in the late nineteenth century singing and dancing in Trinidad and Tobago Street scene, Matanzas, Cuba At the time of European contact, the dominant ethnic groups in the Caribbean included the Taíno of the Greater Antilles and northern Lesser Antilles, the Island Caribs of the southern Lesser Antilles, and smaller distinct groups such as the Guanajatabey of western Cuba and the Ciguayo of eastern Hispaniola. The population of the Caribbean is estimated to have been around 750,000 immediately before European contact, although lower and higher figures are given. After contact, social disruption and epidemic diseases such as smallpox and measles (to which they had no natural immunity)[52] led to a decline in the Amerindian population.[53] From 1500 to 1800 the population rose as slaves arrived from West Africa[54] such as the Kongo, Igbo, Akan, Fon and Yoruba as well as military prisoners from Ireland, who were deported during the Cromwellian reign in England.[citation needed] Immigrants from Britain, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark also arrived, although the mortality rate was high for both groups.[55]The population is estimated to have reached 2.2 million by 1800.[56] Immigrants from India, China, Indonesia, and other countries arrived in the mid-19th century as indentured servants.[57] After the ending of the Atlantic slave trade, the population increased naturally.[58] The total regional population was estimated at 37.5 million by 2000.[59]In Haiti and most of the French, Anglophone and Dutch Caribbean, the population is predominantly of African origin; on many islands there are also significant populations of mixed racial origin (including Mulatto-Creole, Dougla, Mestizo, Quadroon, Cholo, Castizo, Criollo, Zambo, Pardo, Asian Latin Americans, Chindian, Cocoa panyols, and Eurasian), as well as populations of European ancestry: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish ancestry. Asians, especially those of Chinese, Indian descent, and Javanese Indonesians, form a significant minority in parts of the region. Indians form a plurality of the population in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Suriname. Most of their ancestors arrived in the 19th century as indentured laborers. The Spanish-speaking Caribbean populations are primarily of European, African, or racially mixed origins. Puerto Rico has a European majority with a mixture of European-African-Native American (tri-racial), and a large Mulatto (European-West African) and West African minority. Cuba also has a European majority, along with a significant population of African ancestry. The Dominican Republic has the largest mixed-race population, primarily descended from Europeans, West Africans, and Amerindians. Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica has a large African majority, in addition to a significant population of mixed racial background, and has minorities of Chinese, Europeans, Indians, Latinos, Jews, and Arabs. This is a result of years of importation of slaves and indentured laborers, and migration. Most multi-racial Jamaicans refer to themselves as either mixed race or brown. Similar populations can be found in the Caricom states of Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago has a multi-racial cosmopolitan society due to the arrivals of Africans, Indians, Chinese, Arabs, Jews, Spanish, Portuguese, and Europeans along with the Native Amerindians population. This multi-racial mix has created sub-ethnicities that often straddle the boundaries of major ethnicities and include Dougla, Chindian, Mulatto-Creole, Afro-Asians, Eurasian, Cocoa panyols, and Asian Latin Americans Indigenous groups[edit] Arawak peoples Igneri Taíno Caquetio people Ciboney Ciguayo Garifuna Kalina Kalinago Lucayan Macorix RaizalLanguage[edit] Main article: Languages of the Caribbean Spanish, English, French, Dutch, Haitian Creole, and Papiamento are the predominant official languages of various countries in the region, although a handful of unique creole languages or dialects can also be found in virtually every Caribbean country. Other languages such as Caribbean Hindustani, Chinese, Indonesian, Amerindian languages, other African languages, other European languages, other Indian languages, and other Indonesian languages can also be found. Religion[edit] See also: Religion in the Caribbean Temple in the Sea, a Hindu mandir in Trinidad and Tobago Holy Trinity Cathedral, an Anglican Christian cathedral in Trinidad and Tobago Muhammad Ali Jinnah Memorial Masjid, a Muslim masjid in Trinidad and Tobago A Jewish synagogue in Suriname A Rastafarian man wearing a Rastafarian cap A Haitian Vodou alter A Santería altar in Cuba Christianity is the predominant religion in the Caribbean (84.7%).[60] Other religious groups in the region are Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Rastafarianism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion (Taoism and Confucianism), Bahá'í, Jainism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Kebatinan, Traditional African religions, Afro-American religions, Yoruba (Santería, Trinidad Orisha, Palo, Umbanda, Brujería, Hoodoo, Candomblé, Quimbanda, Orisha, Xangô de Recife, Xangô do Nordeste, Comfa, Espiritismo, Santo Daime, Obeah, Candomblé, Abakuá, Kumina, Winti, Sanse, Cuban Vodú, Dominican Vudú, Louisiana Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, and Vodun). Politics[edit] Regionalism[edit] Flag of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM) Caribbean societies are very different from other Western societies in terms of size, culture, and degree of mobility of their citizens.[61] The current economic and political problems the states face individually are common to all Caribbean states. Regional development has contributed to attempts to subdue current problems and avoid projected problems. From a political and economic perspective, regionalism serves to make Caribbean states active participants in current international affairs through collective coalitions. In 1973, the first political regionalism in the Caribbean Basin was created by advances of the English-speaking Caribbean nations through the institution known as the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM)[62] which is located in Guyana. Certain scholars have argued both for and against generalizing the political structures of the Caribbean. On the one hand the Caribbean states are politically diverse, ranging from communist systems such as Cuba toward more capitalist Westminster-style parliamentary systems as in the Commonwealth Caribbean. Other scholars argue that these differences are superficial, and that they tend to undermine commonalities in the various Caribbean states. Contemporary Caribbean systems seem to reflect a "blending of traditional and modern patterns, yielding hybrid systems that exhibit significant structural variations and divergent constitutional traditions yet ultimately appear to function in similar ways."[63] The political systems of the Caribbean states share similar practices. The influence of regionalism in the Caribbean is often marginalized. Some scholars believe that regionalism cannot exist in the Caribbean because each small state is unique. On the other hand, scholars also suggest that there are commonalities amongst the Caribbean nations that suggest regionalism exists. "Proximity as well as historical ties among the Caribbean nations has led to cooperation as well as a desire for collective action."[64] These attempts at regionalization reflect the nations' desires to compete in the international economic system.[64]Furthermore, a lack of interest from other major states promoted regionalism in the region. In recent years the Caribbean has suffered from a lack of U.S. interest. "With the end of the Cold War, U.S. security and economic interests have been focused on other areas. As a result there has been a significant reduction in U.S. aid and investment to the Caribbean."[65] The lack of international support for these small, relatively poor states, helped regionalism prosper. Following the Cold War another issue of importance in the Caribbean has been the reduced economic growth of some Caribbean States due to the United States and European Union's allegations of special treatment toward the region by each other.[clarification needed] United States effects on regionalism[edit] The United States under President Bill Clinton launched a challenge in the World Trade Organization against the EU over Europe's preferential program, known as the Lomé Convention, which allowed banana exports from the former colonies of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) to enter Europe cheaply.[66] The World Trade Organization sided in the United States' favour and the beneficial elements of the convention to African, Caribbean and Pacific states has been partially dismantled and replaced by the Cotonou Agreement.[67]During the US/EU dispute, the United States imposed large tariffs on European Union goods (up to 100%) to pressure Europe to change the agreement with the Caribbean nations in favour of the Cotonou Agreement.[68]Farmers in the Caribbean have complained of falling profits and rising costs as the Lomé Convention weakens. Some farmers have faced increased pressure to turn towards the cultivation of illegal drugs, which has a higher profit margin and fills the sizable demand for these illegal drugs in North America and Europe.[69][70] Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and Association of Caribbean States[edit] Caribbean nations have also started to more closely cooperate in the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force and other instruments to add oversight of the offshore industry. One of the most important associations that deal with regionalism amongst the nations of the Caribbean Basin has been the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Proposed by CARICOM in 1992, the ACS soon won the support of the other countries of the region. It was founded in July 1994. The ACS maintains regionalism within the Caribbean on issues unique to the Caribbean Basin. Through coalition building, like the ACS and CARICOM, regionalism has become an undeniable part of the politics and economics of the Caribbean. The successes of region-building initiatives are still debated by scholars, yet regionalism remains prevalent throughout the Caribbean. Venezuela's effects on regionalism[edit] This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (March 2012)The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez launched an economic group called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), which several eastern Caribbean islands joined. In 2012, the nation of Haiti, with 9 million people, became the largest CARICOM nation that sought to join the union.[71] Regional institutions[edit] Here are some of the bodies that several islands share in collaboration: Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (CAIC), Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO), Trinidad and Tobago[72] Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Barbados Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDERA), Barbados Caribbean Educators Network[73] Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), Saint Lucia[74] Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Barbados and Jamaica Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Food Crops Society, Puerto Rico Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Jamaica Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Florida and Puerto Rico[75] Caribbean Initiative (Initiative of the IUCN) Caribbean Programme for Economic Competitiveness (CPEC), Saint Lucia Caribbean Regional Environmental Programme (CREP), Barbados[76] Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Belize[77] Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), Barbados and Dominican Republic[78] Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Barbados Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children, Barbados Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), Brazil and Uruguay Latin American and the Caribbean Economic System, Venezuela Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Saint Lucia United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile and Trinidad and Tobago University of the West Indies, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.[79] In addition, the fourth campus, the Open Campus was formed in June 2008 as a result of an amalgamation of the Board for Non-Campus Countries and Distance Education, Schools of Continuing Studies, the UWI Distance Education Centres and Tertiary Level Units. The Open Campus has 42 physical sites in 16 Anglophone caribbean countries. West Indies Cricket Board, Antigua and Barbuda[80]Cuisine[edit] Main article: Caribbean cuisine Favorite or national dishes[edit] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Doubles, one of the national dishes of Trinidad and Tobago Arroz con gandules, one of the national dishes of Puerto Rico Anguilla – rice, peas and fish Antigua and Barbuda – fungee and pepperpot Bahamas - Guava duff, Conch Salad, Peas n' Rice, and Conch Fritters Barbados – cou-cou and flying fish Belize - rice and beans, stew chicken with potato salad ; white rice, stew beans and fry fish with cole slaw British Virgin Islands – fish and fungee Cayman Islands – turtle stew, turtle steak, grouper Colombian Caribbean – rice with coconut milk, arroz con pollo, sancocho, Arab cuisine (due to the large Arab population) Cuba – platillo Moros y Cristianos, ropa vieja, lechon, maduros, ajiaco Dominica – mountain chicken, rice and peas, dumplings, saltfish, dashin, bakes (fried dumplings), coconut confiture, curry goat, cassava farine, oxtail Dominican Republic – arroz con pollo with stewed red kidney beans, pan fried or braised beef, salad/ ensalada de coditos, empanadas, mangú, sancocho Grenada – oil down, Roti and rice & chicken Guyana – pepperpot, cookup rice, roti and curry, methem, pholourie Haiti – griot (fried pork) served with du riz a pois or diri ak pwa (rice and beans) Jamaica – ackee and saltfish, callaloo, jerk chicken, curry chicken Montserrat – Goat water Puerto Rico – yellow rice with green pigeon peas, saltfish stew, roasted pork shoulder, chicken fricassée, mofongo, tripe soup, alcapurria, coconut custard, rice pudding, guava turnovers, Mallorca bread Saint Kitts and Nevis – goat water, coconut dumplings, spicy plantain, saltfish, breadfruit Saint Lucia – callaloo, dal roti, dried and salted cod, green bananas, rice and beans Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – roasted breadfruit and fried jackfish Suriname – brown beans and rice, roti and curry, peanut soup, battered fried plantain with peanut sauce, nasi goreng, moksie alesi, bara, pom Trinidad and Tobago – callaloo, doubles, aloo pie, phulourie, bake and shark, curry with roti or dal bhat, curry crab and dumpling United States Virgin Islands – stewed goat, oxtail or beef, seafood, callaloo, fungeeSee also[edit] Geography portal Islands portal North America portal Caribbean portal African diaspora Anchor coinage British African-Caribbean people British Indo-Caribbean people Climate change in the Caribbean CONCACAF Council on Hemispheric Affairs Culture of the Caribbean Economy of the Caribbean Indian diaspora Indo-Caribbean Indo-Caribbean American List of Caribbean music genres List of sovereign states and dependent territories in the Caribbean NECOBELAC Project Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin Piracy in the Caribbean Politics of the Caribbean Tourism in the CaribbeanGeography: Americas (terminology) List of archipelagos by number of islands List of Caribbean islands List of indigenous names of Eastern Caribbean islands List of mountain peaks of the Caribbean List of Ultras of the Caribbean Middle America (Americas) Latin America and the Caribbean (region) Notes[edit] ^ The Lucayan Archipelago is excluded from some definitions of "Caribbean" and instead classified as Atlantic; this is primarily a geological rather than cultural or environmental distinction. 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Caribbean Transnationalism: Migration, Pluralization, and Social Cohesion. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2006. Henke, Holger, and Fred Reno, eds. Modern Political Culture in the Caribbean. Kingston: University of West Indies Press, 2003. Heuman, Gad. The Caribbean: Brief Histories. London: A Hodder Arnold Publication, 2006. de Kadt, Emanuel, (editor). Patterns of foreign influence in the Caribbean, Oxford University Press, 1972. Knight, Franklin W. The Modern Caribbean (University of North Carolina Press, 1989). Kurlansky, Mark. 1992. A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny. Addison-Wesley Publishing. ISBN 0-201-52396-5 Langley, Lester D. The United States and the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century. London: University of Georgia Press, 1989. Maingot, Anthony P. The United States and the Caribbean: Challenges of an Asymmetrical Relationship. Westview Press, 1994. Palmie, Stephan, and Francisco A. Scarano, eds. The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its Peoples (University of Chicago Press; 2011); 660 pp.; writings on the region since the pre-Columbia era. Ramnarine, Tina K. Beautiful Cosmos: Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora. London, Pluto Press, 2007. Rowntree, Lester/Martin Lewis/Marie Price/William Wyckoff. 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