The CARIBBEAN PORTAL
The Caribbean (, locally ) is a region of the Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (some surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and some bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean) and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.
Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays. (See the list of Caribbean islands.) These islands generally form island arcs that delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean islands, consisting of the Greater Antilles on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), are part of the somewhat larger West Indies grouping, which also includes the Lucayan Archipelago (comprising the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands). The Lucayans and, less commonly, Bermuda, are also sometimes considered Caribbean despite the fact that none of these islands border the Caribbean Sea. In a wider sense, the mainland countries, regions, and territories of Belize, Nicaragua, the Caribbean region of Colombia, Cozumel, the Yucatán Peninsula, Margarita Island, the Guyanas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Guayana Region in Venezuela, and Amapá in Brazil), are often included due to their political and cultural ties with the region.
Geopolitically, the Caribbean islands are usually regarded as a subregion of North America and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. From December 15, 1954, to October 10, 2010, there was a country known as the Netherlands Antilles composed of five states, all of which were Dutch dependencies. From January 3, 1958, to May 31, 1962, there was also a short-lived political union called the West Indies Federation composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then British dependencies. The West Indies cricket team continues to represent many of those nations. Read more...
The British African-Caribbean community
are residents of the United Kingdom
who are of West Indian
background, and whose ancestors were indigenous to Africa
. As immigration to the UK from Africa increased in the 1990s, the term has been used to include UK residents solely of African origin, or as a term to define all Black British
residents, though this is usually denoted by "African and
Caribbean". The largest proportion of the African-Caribbean population in the UK are of Jamaican
origin; others trace origins to smaller nations including Trinidad and Tobago
, Saint Kitts & Nevis
, Saint Lucia
, which though located on the South American
mainland, has close cultural ties to the Caribbean
, and was historically considered to be part of the British West Indies. African-Caribbean communities exist throughout the United Kingdom, though by far the largest concentrations are in London
and the broader West Midlands conurbation
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Cuisine of Puerto Rico
has colorful roots in Africa
, and the Americas
. Some dishes still show traces of the original inhabitants of the Island, the Taíno
/ Arawak Indians. Spain
, Central America, South America, and -- since 1898, the United States -- all impact how food is now prepared in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican cuisine has almost nothing in common with Mexican cuisine, which surprises many first-time visitors from the United States or Europe. This cuisine also differs from other Latin countries and the food traditions of the United States.
Selected geography article
lies 145 kilometers south of Cuba
and 160 kilometers west of Haiti
. Its capital city, Kingston
, is about 920 kilometers southeast of Miami
. At its greatest extent, Jamaica is 235 kilometers long, and it varies between 35 and 82 kilometers wide. With an area of 10,911 square kilometers, Jamaica is the largest island of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the third largest of the Greater Antilles
, after Cuba
. Pedro Bank
, an area of shallow seas, with a number of cays
(low islands or reefs), extending generally east to west for over 160 kilometers, lies southwest of Jamaica. To the southeast lie the Morant Cays
, fifty-one kilometers from Morant Point
, the easternmost point of mainland Jamaica.