When you look at a map, the Caribbean
doesn't look all that impressive. You see a bunch of little specks of
land surrounded by large swaths of water. Those little pieces of land
include places that aren't always household names like Montserrat,
Anguilla, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Lest we forget Turks and Caicos
Caribbean is a popular vacation region. Those little dots on the map
often turn out to be island paradises. There are more than 7,000
islands, islets, reefs, and cayes in the Caribbean, after all, and many
of them are sparsely populated and stunningly beautiful.
Official Language: Dutch
Currency: Aruban Florin
Location: 20 Miles north of Venezuela and west of Bonaire and Curacao
Amerigo Vespucci first came across Aruba in 1499 and the island was colonized
by Spain for over a century. Since 1647 Aruba has been under Dutch
administration other than a brief occupation by Britain from 1799-1802 and
1805-1816. In 1986 the island gained independence from the Netherlands
Aruba enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean and the
lowest crime rate. It's economy flourishes on Tourism, Oil Processing,
Agriculture and Manufacturing
|Barbados,Land of the Lost,flickr|
Population: 279,000 (90 % of African descent)
Capital City: Bridgetown
Currency: Barbadian Dollar
Official Language: English
Location: Barbados is the furthest southeast of any of the islands in
is an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations and has been since
1966. Once a major stopping off point in the African slave trade in the 17th
and 18th centuries, it is now influenced by a very heavy English
influence and it is nicknamed “Little England.” The main driving forces for the
economy are sugarcane, manufacturing, offshore banking and tourism.
Barbados is also ranked 23rd in the world for literacy rate and
ranked 31st out of 177 nations according to the UN Human Development
|Fevi in Cayman,flickr|
The Cayman Islands are due south of Cuba and about 150 miles from the most
southern part of Florida.
First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503, the Cayman Islands along with Jamaica were ceded to England in 1670. The islands became a separate British Overseas Territory in 1962 .The majority of the Islands' economic activity revolves around tourism and offshore banking.
The Cayman Islands enjoy the highest standards of living in the Caribbean but have been affected by hurricanes more than any other region.
Capital City: St. George’s
Currency: East Caribbean
Official Language: English
Christopher Columbus first saw the island in 1498. In 1650 the French took control and eventually ceded it to the United Kingdom in 1762. Grenada gained independence from the U.K. in 1974.
Tourism and spices are the leading source of economic income, so much so that Grenada is known as the “Isle of Spice”.
north-northwest are the islands of St. Eustatius, Saba, Saint Barthelemy and
St. Martin. Northeast of St. Kitts is Antigua and Barbuda.
Indies in 1624. In 1983 St. Kitts and Nevis achieved independence and is the
newest sovereign nation in the Americas. It is also the smallest in terms of
population and land area.
the lowest in the Caribbean at 4.3%.
Capital City: Castries
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
Official Language: English, French Creole, Spanish
Location: The island of St. Lucia is located 21 miles north of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, lies northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique
discovered by Europeans around 1500. After going to war with France 14
different times over the 17th and 18th century over the island, Great Britain
took complete control in 1814. Finally, on February 22, 1979 St. Lucia became
an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The economy of St. Lucia revolves largely around their
tourism services and local agriculture.
It is the smallest inhabited sea island that is divided between two nations.
The two sides were first divided into Dutch and French sides in 1648. For most
of the 18th century it was handed off between the Dutch, French and English as
were many of the Caribbean islands. In 1816 the French and Dutch zones resumed
as they are today.
and retail shopping.
Consists of 2 groups of islands south of Bahamas, the Turks and the Caicos
and Caicos islands were passed back and forth between Bermuda and the Bahamas
in the 18th and 19th century because of the tremendous salt trade. The British
government eventually assigned control to the Bahamas until the mid 1840’s.
Since that point, it has largely been under British control, but Canada has at
times shown interest in annexing the islands.
majority of the industry, tourism, and economy in the chain of islands takes
place on Providenciales. The government seat is in Grand Turk, but
Providenciales is where everything truly takes place.
islands have economies that largely revolve around Tourism, Fishing, and