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A Taste of the Caribbean

Allow us to take you on a journey through some of the countries and islands that border the Caribbean Sea...

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on 12 October 2012

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Culture Week 2012 A Taste of the Caribbean When you think of the Caribbean, what do you imagine? Fluorescent blue waters? White sand beaches? Peace and tranquility? Sit back and relax as you imagine yourself on the beach in one of these exotic places...
Barbadian Food: A mix of Indian, British, and African dishes.
Meaning of the flag: 2 blue bands represent the ocean. The “broken trident” symbol represents the colonial badge of Barbados.
Location: This beautiful island is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean; one of the sovereign island countries in the Lesser Antilles  Grenada
Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago.
They gained independence from England in 1974.
Official Language: English. French and Patois is also spoken.
A strong French influence is found in their well seasoned (and spicy) food.
Sport: Cricket.
Popular music: Zambra.
Zambra is a mix of tango and gypsy music. Famous people:
Luis de Narváez (ca. 1500-1550/60). Grenada. Composer.
Angel Barrios (1882-1964). Grenada. Composer and guitarist
Francisco Alonso (1887-1948). Grenada. Composer.
Flag Meaning: The seven stars represent the seven administrative divisions (municipalities) of Grenada. The center star represents the capital: Saint George; which also symbolizes the hope for bright future.
Nutmeg is one of the main export products of Grenada Barbados
In 1966, Barbados gained independence and retained Isabel II as their Queen.
The official language of Barbados is English.
Official Sport? Cricket (which was brought forth by the influence of the English)
Music of Barbados: Calypso, Spouge and Jazz
Famous Person? Rihanna
February 21st has been declared her official day.
Dominican Republic This country is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Independence day? February 27th. (from Spanish rule)
The official language of Dominican Republic is Spanish.
The national sport of the Dominican Republic is baseball. Some of the world’s best baseball players are Dominicans.  
Popular music genres? Merengue, Salves, Palo.
Someone famous? Juan Luis Guerra. A world famous merengue artist.
Flag Meaning? Red squares = hardiness ; Blue squares = vigilance & truth ; white cross = bravery, truth, and honesty. Interesting Fact about the Dominican Republic?
The Dominican metropolis (Santo Domingo) hosted the Pan American Games in 2003. The 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Santo Domingo, with 22 countries participating. Cuba is a country with a population of over 11.2 million inhabitants.
It is a Spanish-speaking island country located in the Caribbean.
Independence day? May 20th. The official language of Cuba is Spanish.
Important aspect of culture? The popular music style "son", which is a variation of salsa, originated in Cuba.
Cuban food is fusion of Spanish and Caribbean foods.
Famous person you may know? Celia Cruz: one of the first Afro-Latina salsa artists in the world.
Flag meaning? Blue stripes = 3 divisions of the island ; White stripes = strength of the island ; Red triangle = equality & freedom. Cuba Cuba is the most populated nation in the Caribbean. It is also the largest in area. Cuba is only 90 miles away from America. It is located the southeast of Miami, FL.
It is a territory of the United States.
The official language is Spanish.
Puerto Rican people represent a cultural mix.
Famous person? Marc Anthony Puerto Rico Baseball and Dominos are considered the most popular pasttimes. Puerto Rico was first called by its natives Tainos, "Boriken" or "Land of the Brave Lord." Europeans first landed on the island in either 1492 or 1502 during Spain's early exploration of the Caribbean. The land was used to produce sugar cane. The British imported enslaved Africans as workers. History In 1979, St. Lucia gained full independence under Sir John Compton.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State of Saint Lucia
Executive power, however, is in the hands of the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Blends the influences of African, French, and English heritage. The official language of the island is English with Creole, a form of French Patois.

The musical culture of Saint Lucia includes a folk music tradition, soca, zouk and reggae.

Cricket has traditionally been the main sport in St. Lucia; although sports such as soccer and basketball have become popular. Culture Saint Lucia
The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Kitts and the neighbouring island of Nevis, make up ONE country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Interesting Facts about St. Kitts

Residents call themselves "Kittians"

St. Kitts has a population of around 35,000, the majority of whom are mainly of African descent.

The primary language is English, with a literacy rate of approximately 98%. History of St Kitts

A Spanish expedition under Christopher Columbus discovered and claimed the island for Spain in 1493.

The first English colony was established in 1623, followed by a French colony in 1625.

It was in 1783 that the island became British for the final time. History
Both islands were explored by Christopher Columbus on his third
voyage in 1498.
The abolition of the slave trade in Trinidad & Tobago was in 1807.
Capital: Port of Spain.
Official Language:English.
Independence Day: August 31, 1962.
Flag Meaning: Red (represents fire and courage), black ( represents earth and dedication) and white (represents water and purity). Trinidad and Tobago Jamaica Christopher Columbus claimed Jamaica for Spain after landing there in 1494.
Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island.
During the Christmas holiday of 1831, a large-scale slave revolt known as the "Baptist War" broke out. It was organized originally as a peaceful strike by Samuel Sharpe.
Capital: Kingston.
Official Language: English.
Independence Day from the United Kingdom: August 6, 1962.
Meaning of the Flag: yellow represents the sunshine and natural resources; green represents land and hope; and black represents the burdens borne by the people. The Cayman and Virgin Islands Cayman Islands History *Christopher Columbus - 10 May 1503.

*Sir Francis Drake -1586.

*First permanent Inhabitant: Isaac Bodden

*Treaty of Madrid - 1670.

*1834: Slavery was abolished. Culture Language National or official language: English Hardiness and independence of spirit

Christianity: Anglican, Baptist, Catholicism, Church of God, Presbyterian, and United Church.

Seafood is predominant.
The traditional national dish is turtle.
The soul of Jazz Music Calypso and Reggae Fashion Model: Selita Ebanks Famous People * ”Haven” (Film). National Flower: Banana Orchid. Interesting Facts April 6th: Good Friday
June 4th: Honour of Queen Elizabeth -II's Diamond Jubilee.
June 18th: Queen's birthday.
December 26th: Boxing Day. - James (Jim) Manoah Bodden.

- Mrs. Sybil Ione McLaughlin.

- Mr. Thomas William Farrington.

- Mrs. Sybil Joyce Hylton. National Heroes: January 23. National Heroes Flag Meaning? The red stripes represent blood; and the white stripes, freedom and civil rights. Each side of the blue trilateral symbolizes the three sections of of the Puerto Rican government. Virgin Islands History Virgin Islands: The western island group of the Leeward Islands, which are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Population of territory: 101,809 people.
Official language: English. The Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by the Arawak, Carib, and Cermic people (natives from the islands) U.S Virgin Islands Independence day: July 4th British Virgin Islands: On 1 July, the British Virgin Islands celebrate Territory Day. Culture Important cultural fact: The islands got their current name after Christopher Colombus named the islands Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Vírgenes, shortened to Las Vírgenes, after the legend of Saint Ursula and her 11,000 virgins. Culture is derived from West African,European and American influences.
Food: Spicy and abundant.
Fungi (pronounced fun-gee) is a main staple of the traditional Virgin Islands diet. Sports: U.S. Virgin Islands has led to the preponderance of American sports such as baseball, American Football and basketball, while sports more popular in the English-speaking Caribbean, such as cricket and Soccer, are also played. Religion
Christianity is the leading religion with a large Roman Catholic population along with various Protestant denominations.

Someone famous? Abdul Hodge was born on Thursday, September 09, 1982 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and he is a famous professional NFL player Flag Meaning U.S Virgin Islands:The eagle holds an olive branch in one talon, and three arrows in the other, representing the three major islands: Saint Thomas, Saint Jhon, and Saint Croix. Additionally, the colors of the flag are: yellow, representing various characteristics of the territory and the flowers; green, symbolizing the hills; white, depicting the clouds; blue, representing the waters and red, representing love.

British Virgin Islands:It is a defaced Blue ensing with the Union flag in the canton, and defaced with the coat of arms of the British Virgin Islands. The coat of arms features Saint Ursula and the lamps of her virgin followers, which gives the islands their name. Music: Soca A Few Interesting Facts Interesting Facts about Puerto Rico Although Puerto Rico is an independent country, it is considered U.S. territory. St. Kitts Flag Meaning (St. Kitts) Green stripe: Agriculture & fertility.
Red stripe: End of slavery and colonialism. Black: African heritage. Celebrated Holidays Flag Meaning Culture The culture of Trinidad and Tobago reflects the influence of African, Indian, Chinese, British, French and to a lesser extent, Spanish and Portuguese cultures.
Food: Three influences predominate, Creole, Indian and Chinese cuisine.
Music: Calypso and Soca.
Carnivals: Brought to Trinidad by French settlers in the later part of the 18th century. Originally the celebration was confined to the elite, but it was adapted by their slaves and, after the abolition of slavery in 1838.
Sport: Cricket.
Religion: The largest religious groups are the Roman Catholics and Hindus. Famous People David Abdulah: President of the Trade Union

Inshan Ali: Cricket player

Pat Bishop: Musician History Culture Jamaican culture represents a combination of cultures that have inhabited the Greater Antilles island.
Religion: Christian faith.
Music:The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and ragga.
Rastafari movement, particularly those elements that are expressed through reggae music. In the 1970s and early 1980s Bob Marley became the most high-profile exponent of the Rastafari culture and belief system.
Sport: Cricket.
Food: Mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from many countries.
Ackee and saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish, internationally known as Jamaica's national dish. Famous People Bob Marley: Musician Usain Bolt: Athlete Ziggy Marley: Musician We hope that you have enjoyed today's journey through the Caribbean. If ever given the chance, we encourage you to visit!
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