The CARIBBEAN PORTAL
The Caribbean (Dutch: Caraïben; French: Caraïbes; Spanish: Caribe; Portuguese: Caribe or Caraíbas) is a region of the Americas consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which enclose the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is located southeast of Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north and west of South America. Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the area comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cayes. The West Indies consist of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), and the Bahamas. Bermuda lies much further to the north in the Atlantic Ocean and is in the West Indies. Geopolitically, the West Indies are usually reckoned as a subregion of North America and are organised into 28 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. At one time, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories.
Bob Marley OM
(February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer
, and guitarist
. He is the most widely known performer of reggae
music, and is famous for popularising the genre outside Jamaica. A faithful Rastafari
, Marley is regarded by many as a prophet
of the religion.
Marley is best known for his ska, rocksteady, and reggae songs, which include the hits "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Three Little Birds", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Jammin", "Redemption Song", and "One Love". His posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) is the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies.
- ...that a CPA is a type of agricultural cooperative that exists in Cuba today?
- ...that Orisha is a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba spiritual or religious system, and forms part of a religion that is practised in many areas of the Caribbean including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago?
- March 7: Edwin Carrington, secretary general of the 12-member Caricom announces that the Caribbean Community intends to negotiate a free trade agreement with Central America, perhaps within the next six months.(JAMAICAN OBSERVER)
- Feb 28: President of Cuba Fidel Castro makes a surprise phone call to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's radio talk show Aló Presidente, and the two leaders converse live on air for thirty minutes. During the conversation, Castro declares that he now has "more energy and strength".(PRAVDA)
- Feb 28: United Nations troops move into slum areas of Haiti, where almost a quarter of a million people live, as part of a new "get tough" policy against the armed gangs. (BBC NEWS)
Selected geography article
is an island
in the Caribbean Sea
, located about halfway between Puerto Rico
and Trinidad and Tobago
. Its coordinates are 15 25 N, 61 20 W. The island is roughly four times the size of Washington, DC
(in area, not population). The island's climate
is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds
and heavy rainfall
. The interior features rugged mountains
origin. Volcanism is still quite evident on the island, the most popular examples being Dominica's boiling lake and "valley of desolation." The boiling lake (the world's second largest) is within a crater and is fed by a waterfall - the boiling is believed to be caused by the heat of a magma chamber beneath the lake.