Caribbean people

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This article is about natives of the Caribbean. For other uses, see Caribbean (disambiguation).
Total population
c. 40 million
Regions with significant populations
Caribbean Community 16 million
 Cuba 11 million
 Dominican Republic 10 million
 United States 2.88 million[1]

Mainly Spanish, French, French-based creole languages (Haitian Creole, Antillean Creole), English, English-based creole languages (Papiamento, Jamaican Patois, Bajan Creole)

Minority Dutch, Caribbean Hindustani
Predominantly: Minority:
Related ethnic groups
Afro-Caribbean, Chinese Caribbean, White Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean

A Caribbean person or West Indian is a native or inhabitant of the Caribbean region or a person of Caribbean descent. The Caribbean region was initially populated by Amerindians from several different Carib and Arawak groups. These groups were decimated by a combination of slavery and disease brought by European colonizers. Descendants of the Arawak and Carib tribes exist today in the Caribbean and elsewhere but are usually of partial Native American ancestry.[2]


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  1. ^ Results   American Fact Finder (US Census Bureau)
  2. ^ The Caribbean as a Melting Pot

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