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Colonial Caribbean Influences

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Lovely Caribbean BeachesLet us investigate the impact of the Caribbean indigenous and colonial era with a view of making you more aware of the history when visiting the region. Sailing between the Caribbean and Europe came about in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century with arrival of Columbus. The Tainos and the Caribs were the first settlers to the beautiful islands of the region. In fact, the Tianos lived in the largest countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and Haiti) while the Caribs (Dominca, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupes, Antigua, Grenada) lived in the smaller territories.

You maybe aware that the Spaniards were the first sailors to the region. The other European countries followed soon after (France, England, Netherland), creating their own forms of civilization while forcing the indigenous Caribbean population the remote corners of these Caribbean islands. Therefore, we can ascertain that the colonial Caribbean masters had more sophisticated skills and equipment than that of the Caribs and the Tainos when it come to fighting.

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Caribbean Fortresses

One of the most famous marks the colonial powers have left on the different Caribbean islands is Fortresses. Many of the different countries in the region today have these structures as historic sites of interest. These Fortresses tell stories of how hard these European countries fought to maintain control of these islands. The different Forts across the region are some excellent places to visit on any island tours.

Names of Fortresses in the Caribbean

Fort George — Grenada/Camerhogne

Fort Charles - Jamaica/Xaymaca

Fort Saint Louis — Martinique/Madinina

Fort Charlotte - St. Vincent/Hairoun

Brimstone Hill — St Kitts and Nevis/ Liamuiga - Oualie

Fort San Felipe — Dominican Republic/Ayiti

Castillo de San Cristobal — Puerto Rico/Borriken

Fortaleza Ozama— Dominican Republic/Ayiti

Citadelle Laferriere — Haiti/Ayiti

Morro Castle — Cuba/Cobao

In addition, many of the Fortresses were built overlook the cities and towns in the region. These colonial Caribbean structures carry important remains of the history of the region. Alternatively, to really get a taste of the remains of the indigenous Caribbean people many of the museums across region have interesting collections of artifacts of these people, some of whom are extinct.

Names, Language and Caribbean Indigenous People

Another interesting aspect of the rich history of the region is the names different places. Some of these names are traced back to the colonial masters or the indigenous Caribbean people. Evidences of these are seen where islands got their independence from one colonial power, but the names of some of the places in the country reflects the name of a different colonial power. In addition, a closer study of some of the names of the islands of the region shows that some were derived from or even name by the indigenous Caribbean people.

Mention must also be made of the language spoken. A prime example is the island of St. Lucia which is an English speaking island today, but its patio is derived from the French language and is widely spoken by the island’s people today. Dominica must be credited for having one of the largest number of indigenous people of the Caribbean alive today. Moreover, the many of the traditions of the Carib people in Dominica are still alive today and provide great experiences for visitors to the island.

St. Vincent has a small group of indigenous Caribbean ancestors living in the north of the island. However, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is credited for being the mother land of the people from Honduras who are mainly Caribs. Many of the Caribs that lived on the island migrated or were sent by the colonial Caribbean masters to Honduras. The Carib culture and language is alive and well in Honduras.

Underwater Historic Attractions

Caribbean Coconut In investigating the colonial Caribbean era one must also take a brief look at the underwater attractions around the islands to see if they tell tales of that period of time. The many shipwrecks laying on the seafloor of the different countries are shocking reminded of the difficult the battles that were raged to secure ownership of the different islands.

In addition, we can see that because these islands were important economic centerpiece of the colonial Caribbean masters many pirates took advantages of this by plundering wealth at sea. There are even stories and one find in modern history of treasures in the region waters. The region served as a great economic base for many of the European powers at that time.

Colonial and Indigenous Caribbean Influences

Even though most of the colonial Caribbean islands are now independent many of the European influences still remains. There are the French Caribbean islands which include Martinique, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, Haiti and Guadeloupe. Excellent spots for vacation with a French taste. The Spanish colonial Caribbean islands include Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba which are wonderful places to vacation.

For a Dutch colonial Caribbean vacation experience Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Martin are great place to stay. All the English speaking islands in the region are good for that type of vacation experience. For African Caribbean colonial experiences are in all the islands. One of the interesting aspects of this is the different version of patio/Creole spoken in the different countries in the different languages. St. Lucian creole is a combination of French, Carib and African language.

The island of Jamaica has one of the most loved forms of patio. I have to mention indigenous Caribbean influences which can be experiences naturally in Dominica, but of the other countries have excellent fork plays about their indigenous Caribbean ancestors which are really amazing experiences as well.

The region has a colorful history that can be experience from infrastructure, artifacts, people and languages. This can even be seen by the different islands underwater attractions. When planning a vacation to any one of the islands of the region ensure you sample some of the attractions the make up the indigenous and colonial Caribbean past.

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