Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean, is a region consisting of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, east of Central America, and north of South America. It is known for its tropical climate, miles of white sand beaches with crystal clear blue and turquoise waters, unique wildlife (especially in the ocean), mix of European and African cultures, and a truly unique blend of cuisines, music, art, customs and traditions, and languages, including English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Antillean creole.

The Caribbean was occupied by indigenous people as early as 6000 BC. Life in the region changed forever when, in October, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the shores of the Bahamas. Columbus and his conquistadores developed the first European settlement on the island that today is split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, then island-hopped and exploited both the natural resources and the native populations, claiming lands as their own and enslaving the local populations. In the 17th century, the English arrived and claimed St. Kitts, Barbados, Antigua and other lands. They were followed by the French who claimed Guadeloupe and Martinique, and the Dutch who settled St. Martin, Saba and Sint Eustatius. For the next two centuries, the Europeans battled for control of the islands, and possession frequently changed hands.

Today, the Caribbean can be divided into a few sub-regions:

1. The Greater Antilles: The most visited part of the Caribbean, the Antilles sub-region is home to Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman islands

2. The Lesser Antilles: A chain of islands that form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, the Lesser Antilles sub-region is further sub-divided into three island chains: The Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, and the ABC Islands.

3. The Leeward Islands: The northernmost islands in the Lesser Antilles, the Leeward Islands include Anguilla, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke), Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the US Virgin Islands (Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas)

4. The Windward Islands: In the south Caribbean, the Windward Islands part of the Lesser Antilles includes the islands of Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago

5. The ABC Islands: Also known as the Leeward Antilles, the ABC Islands include Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao

6. The Lucayan Archipelago: Technically in the North Atlantic, and not in the Caribbean sea, the Lucayan Archipelago islands of Bahamas and Turks & Caicos are often loosely referred to as being in the Caribbean


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