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Anguilla

Anguilla  

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The most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. A British colony since 1650, Anguilla formed part of the Federation of the West Indies (1958–62) and subsequently received associated state ...
Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda  

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A country in the Leeward Island group of the Caribbean, comprising the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda (uninhabited).Physical.The main island, Antigua, comprises 280 sq km (108 sq miles) of ...
Antilles

Antilles  

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Collective name for the two major island groups in the West Indies archipelago, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching in an arc from Puerto Rico to the ...
Bahamas

Bahamas  

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One of the richest countries in the CaribbeanThe Bahamas comprises more than 700 islands in the Caribbean, many with sandy beaches and clear water, although only around 30 are inhabited. The majority ...
Caribbean

Caribbean  

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The Caribbean region consists primarily of a chain of islands, 2,000 miles long, that frames the northern and eastern boundaries of the Caribbean Sea. The chain curves from Cuba, the ...
Caribbean Community and Common Market

Caribbean Community and Common Market  

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(CARICOM)An organization formed in 1973 to promote unity among the many small nations of the Caribbean. The main purpose of the organization is to promote the economic integration of its 15 members ...
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands  

A Caribbean island group south of Cuba, which came under British sovereignty in 1670. Administered from Jamaica, it joined the Federation of the West Indies in 1959, and upon its breakup became a ...
Colonization

Colonization  

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France has won and lost two colonial empires during the last 500 years. The first was acquired mainly in the Americas, beginning in the 16th c., as well as in ...
creole

creole  

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Name applied to American-born descendants of the French and Spanish settlers of Latin America. The term did not originally mean persons of mixed white and Negro blood, although this is one of its ...
Créolité

Créolité  

Literary and cultural theory elaborated in the 1980s by a small group of Francophone authors from the Caribbean, particularly Martinique and Guadeloupe, the most prominent of whom are Patrick ...
Dominica

Dominica  

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Caribbean island heavily dependent on banana exportsDominica is a volcanic island in the Caribbean with rich fertile soil. Most people are of African or mixed descent and around 40% work on small ...
emigration

emigration  

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The movement of individuals out of a country or area; the opposite of immigration.
Francophonie

Francophonie  

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Francophonie, with a capital ‘F’, is a political notion: the grouping in an intergovernmental institution of states and governments of countries that use the French language. Initially intended to ...
Gilbert Gratiant

Gilbert Gratiant  

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(1895–1985),Martinican writer, see West Indies, 4, 6.
Greater Antilles

Greater Antilles  

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Largest of three major island groups in the West Indies, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The group includes Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands.[...]
Grenadines

Grenadines  

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Group of c.600 small islands in the s Windward Islands, Caribbean Sea, West Indies. The s Grenadines are included in Grenada. The n Grenadines form part of St Vincent and the Grenadines.[...]
Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe  

A group of islands in the Caribbean which have been under French sovereignty since 1635. It received the status of a French Overseas Department in 1946, and was recognized as a French region in 1974. ...
Haiti

Haiti  

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House of DessalinesHouse of ChristopheHouse of SoulouqueHeinl, R. D., Jr., and N. G. Heinl, Written in Blood: the Story of the Haitian People, 1492–1971 (Boston, 1978).1804–1806Jacques I ...
Jean-Baptiste Labat

Jean-Baptiste Labat  

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(1663–1738).French Dominican missionary in the West Indies, whose voluminous Nouveau voyage aux îles d'Amérique (1722, augmented edn. 1742) is an encyclopedic account of fauna, flora, local customs, ...
Leeward Islands

Leeward Islands  

The Leeward Islands in the Caribbean form part of the Lesser Antilles, lying to the east of the Dominican republic. They include the Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, ...

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