West Indian American
West Indian American (except Hispanic groups):
|Regions with significant populations|
|New York, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Maryland, Washington D.C.|
|English, French, Dutch, Surinamese Hindi|
|Predominantly Christianity; other faiths.|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Africans, African Americans, Indians, English, French, Dutch, Caribbean Canadians|
West Indian Americans or Caribbean Americans are Americans who are from, or whose ancestors are from, the lands of the Caribbean, including Caribbean South America. The 2,532,380 West Indian Americans accounted for 0.83% of the U.S. population in 2008.
First West Indians arrived to modern United States were slaves brought to South Carolina in the seventeenth century, bought in Barbados by British living in South Carolina. These slaves, many them born in Africa, became the first of African origin imported to the British colonies of North America. Over time, Barbadian slaves made up a significant part of the Black population in Virginia, mainly in the Virginia tidewater region of the Chesapeake Bay. The Caribbean slaves usually were seasoned mens, womans and children's. The bought of Slaves in the Caribe increased in the 18th century, broadening his trading relations with others Caribbean islands. In this, Jamaica was become in the main Caribbean island that sold slaves to South Carolina. The Caribbean slaves were imported to the British Indies colonies of North America in general manner (from Boston to South Carolina). The West Indian revolt in New York in 1712, made that they were considered rebels, but still between 1715 and 1741 most of the slaves of the colony remained being West Antilles (hailed from Jamaica, Barbados and Antigua). In 1822 the Caribbean slave Denmark Vesey, bought in Virgin Islands or Saint Domingue, organized a slave uprising in Charleston, South Carolina and was also a Caribbean slave, John B. Russwurm (from Jamaica), along to his African-American colleague Samuel E. Cornish, who, in 1827, founded the Freedom's Journal, the first black newspaper.
Albeit, the Caribbean immigration to the United States was relatively small in the first years of nineteenth century, it grew of significant manner after the American Civil War, in 1865, which brought the slavery abolition. So, in the 19th century had many Caribbean people in United States that who excelled in various into professions such as craftsmen, scholars, teachers, preachers, doctors, inventors, religious (the Barbadian Joseph Sandiford Atwell was the first black man after the Civil War to be ordained in the Episcopal Church), comedians (as the Antiguan Bert Williams), politics (as Robert Brown Elliott, U.S Congressman and Attorney General of South Carolina), poets, songwriters, and activists (as the brothers James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson and William Stanley Braithwaite). From the end of the nineteenth century up to 1905, most of West Indian people emigrated to South Florida, New York and Massachusetts. However, shortly after, New York was become in the main US place of destination for the West Indian immigrants.
Later, in the 20th century, the increased of the poverly in the Antilles (due to catastrophic decline in its sugar industry, its main production), the rejection to British government (case of the people of the British Antilles, because, at least, to hard exploitative system in places as Barbados, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, and Antigua) and the economy expansion of the US and growth employment in this country, carried to a new Caribbean immigration to United States at the turn of this century, with a large migratory wave mainly of people of the British West Indies. So, between 1899 and 1932, 108,000 people entered the United States from the Caribbean. In the first half of 20th century, emigrated at 12,250 Caribbeans per year to United States, falling off during the Great Depression. This migratory wave was followed by other between 1930 and 1965. Most of these Caribbean migrants were addresses to New York. So, the New York Amsterdam News indicated that, with the exception of Kingston (Jamaica), Harlem had already the largest West Indian community in the world. These news immigrants were more educated and skilled than the European immigrants who were established in United States at the same time and, ever, that the American-born population.
Almost 50,000 Caribbeans (both black and white people) settled in the country between 1941 and 1950. In 1943, thousands of West Indian migrant workers emigrated to the rural areas. Although Florida's sugar plantations were their primary settled place, they were shortly after imigrated to other states and sectors of the American economy. By Second World War's end, over 40,000 workers from the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Dominica were working in the United States, over 16,000 them worked in industrial sectors. Poor working conditions and the expiry of their employment contracts made many West Indians migrating to other places in the U.S. or return to Caribbean. In 1952, Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the McCarran-Walter Act, greatly restricted the number of Caribbean immigrants (and blacks people in general) who emigrated to the U.S., especially farmers. So, in this period, most them emigrated to Britain (which received approximately 300,000 Caribbean immigrants between 1948 and 1966). In 1964 Lyndon Johnson established a new and more equitable immigration policy, the Hart-Celler Act, that impulsed other Caribbean immigration wave to United States. So, between 1981 and 1990 emigrated to United States 872,000 people from the Caribbean (of which over 208.000 were from Jamaica).
Now, of over 2,000,000 of people of West Indians origin existing in USA in 2009, more than 72 percent them are foreign-born (4.6 percent of the black population in United States). Most them are from Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. Most West Indians living in United States are established in New York City (more than half of Barbadian, Guyanese, Haitian, Jamaican, and Trinidadian immigrants live there, especially in Brooklyn and Queens districts) and Florida (in this state are mumerous the Jamaicans and Haitians people), followed mainly by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and California. Most Caribbeans in United States (excluding to the Hispanics) are English-speaking, Creole-speaking and French-speaking. Most of West Indians speak a Creole language (either of English, French or Dutch - Surinamese, Dutch West Indians - partially origin). In addition, the Caribbean people become naturalized US citizens at higher rates that the others immigrants groups.
There is a large living among African Americans and African Caribbeans. So, they married one another, shared their cultures (including cuisine, music, and sartorial tastes), and joined one another in the various political movements to fight against racist and class oppression. Albeit, sometime wave of West Indian immigration brought strain between the two groups.
The postwar preference for female immigrant workers, Caribbean women have obtained American visas easier than their male counterparts. From the first years of Caribbean immigration to US, West Indian music, including soca, calypso, and reggae, has had a significant impact on American popular music. In addition, other aspects of Caribbean culture such as food and Carnival were incorporated to the mainstream America.
West Indian American Ancestries (excluding Hispanic groups)
|Trinidadian and Tobagonian||164,778 ("Trinidadian": 158, 993; "Tobagonian": 987; "Trinidad and Togago Islander": 4,798)||%||197,793||%|
|Dutch West Indian||35,359||%||54,377||%|
|Grenadian||25,924||%||negligible (no data)||%|
| British West Indian
(including Bermudian, Cayman Islanders, Virgin British Islanders, Anguila Islanders, Montserrat Islanders, Turks and Caicos Islanders and Falkland Islanders)
|15,400 (of them, 6,054 people hailed be of Bermudian origin, other 2,583 people hailed be of Montserrat Islands, 2,411 hailed be of "British West Indian" origin, and 2,148 people hailed be of Cayman origin. The rest of the community was formed by 832 people of "Anguilla" origin, 785 people of Virgin British Islands and 587 people of Turks and Caicos Islands.)||%||93, 847 (of them, 4, 738 Bermudians)||%|
|Antiguan and Barbudan||15,199||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Virgin Islander American||14,980 ("Virgin Islander American": 9,175; "St. Croix Islander": 3, 190; "St. Thomas Islander": 2,615)||%||11,731||%|
|Vincentian||13,547||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Saint Lucian||10,364||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Kittian and Nevisian||6,368||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Dominica||6,071||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Surinamese||2,833||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Aruban||1,970||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|French West Indian American||1,915 ("French West Indian": 941; "Guadaloupe": 974)||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|French Guiana||1,128 ("Cayenne")||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|Sint Marteen Islander||352||%||negligible (no data)||%|
|"West Indians"||147, 222||%||299,010||%|
|Other West Indians||-||%||7,969||%|
|Total||over 1,400,000||%||over 2,000,000||%|