Indians were the first inhabitants here, and then, in 1492, Christopher
Columbus began his exploration of these islands, becoming the first
European to venture into the area.
After reportedly landing in the Bahamas, Columbus named these islands the Indies, because he thought he had finally reached Asia (and the East Indies).
Numerous explorers followed in his path, then settlers arrived from the
Americas and Europe. Included in that mix were religious outcasts,
slaves from Africa, and a small army of pirates.
military powers would fight for control of the islands, and finally, a
blended mix of African and European cultures and languages transformed
this large group of islands and its peoples into one of the premier
tourist destinations on the planet.
Long called the West Indies, the overall area is now commonly referred to as the Caribbean, a name that became popular after World War II.
Note: In reality the Bahamas are not considered a part of the
Caribbean, however, we show them here because of their cultural,
geographical and political associations with the Greater Antilles, and
other Caribbean Islands.
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Caribbean (Outline Map) here!
Caribbean Currency conversion rates here!
- all countries/islands
British West Indies (map and explanation) here!
French West Indies (map and explanation) here!
West Indies (map and explanation) here!
North America (Continent Map) detailed image here!
Caribbean Compass (newspaper) here!
Caribbean Daily News here!
Cruise Lines International Association here!
Discounted Caribbean Timeshare Resales
Time Zone map showing all current dates and times across the Caribbean here!