The Countries of Central America

The Countries of Central America

Islands of the Caribbean West Indies Original inhabitants Native Indians. Columbus made 1st landfall in New World in

1492 on Samana Cay in the Bahamas. 1st settlement on Hispaniola (Haiti/DR) European colonists devastate native population. Called West Indies. Brought in millions of African slaves to work on plantations.

Caribbean Archipelagos Islands are peaks of underwater mountains, volcanoes, or formed of coral. Archipelago chain of islands Three Archipelagos Greater Antilles Lesser Antilles

Bahamas Bahamas 29 islands, 661 cays. #1 source of income = Tourism 85% African, 12% European

Cuba Communist Country, rough history with U.S. Fidel Castro dictator for 50 years Most populated of the Island Nations 90 miles south of Florida Jamaica

Former British Colony Ind. In 1962 Known for Tourism, Music (Reggae) High murder rate Jerk Chicken, Rastafari Haiti

Former French Colony Primary language - French Majority African descent Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere Devastated by Earthquake in 2010 Dominican Republic

Home to Spains first capital in New World Spanish colony, Ind in 1844 #1 Caribbean tourist country Dance Merengue Sport - Baseball Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of the U.S. Natives are U.S. Citizens Cannot vote in presidential election Do not pay federal income taxes

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