Fun Caribbean Facts!
Culebra is one of the last undiscovered gems of the Caribbean, a magic isle surrounded by untouched coral reefs and ringed with deserted, powdery-white beaches. It lies approximately seventeen miles east of Puerto Rico and twelve miles west of Saint Thomas. With much of its adjoining reefs protected as a wildlife preserve, the pristine beauty awaits a selected lucky few. In this short article, we hope to present you a couple of interesting facts and tidbits that the Carribian has to offer!
The Fun Facts!
- Most of the inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands are descendants of African slaves who were brought to the islands by European colonial powers to work on the sugar plantation. They stayed on the islands after the slavery had ended.
- The United State’s Bible belt has nothing on Jamaica. This country boasts more churches in a single square mile than any other country in the world at 1,600 total.
- The first Amerindians arrived at Anguilla four thousand years ago, and many other groups have since called the island home. The Arawak people believed that all mankind originated from two sacred caverns – now known as Big Springs at Island Harbour, and The Fountain at Shoal Bay.
- The Boiling Lake in Dominica is the second largest boiling lake in the world, with temperatures that hover between 82 and 92C (180 and 197F).
- One of the most awesome facts that you’ll ever hear about these isles, is that roughly only 2% of the islands are inhabited. Think of the islands that you know & that figure only represents 2% of the total islands that are down there. It is amazing the amount of land, there is down here, only seen and roamed upon by wildlife.
- The Barbados House of Assembly was formed in 1639 and is the only representative legislature in the Caribbean to have remained in existence for more than three centuries.
- Iguanas have been soaking up the sun across our islands for over 12 million years. These remarkable creatures are among the region’s largest land vertebrates and help nature by acting as local gardeners, spreading the seeds of many plant species.
- The name Caribbean comes for the name of the Carib people, indigenous natives of the Americas, whom colonists believe were cannibals. The Europeans referred to them as “cannibalistic Caribs,” which reflected the xenophobic attitude towards the original inhabitants of the region.
- There are very few snakes on the island of Jamaica. The mongoose was imported to Jamaica to rid the cane fields of rats in 1872. As an added benefit, the mongoose has killed off almost the entire population of snakes. So running across a snake is a rare occurrence in Jamaica.
- Petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, sugar, coffee, and bananas are the main local products traded on the sea. Economically, the region is dependent on U.S. and European patronage and a large tourism industry. The Caribbean Sea has also acted as a barrier, isolating the islands and preventing the mingling of peoples on the scale characteristic of Latin America.
- Before his appointment as Royal Governor of The Bahamas in 1717, Woodes Rogers was an English sea captain and privateer. Captain Rogers led an expedition, and in the ensuing years, circumnavigated the world, captured a number of ships and even rescued the marooned Alexander Selkirk in the South Pacific, whose plight is believed to be the inspiration behind the novel, Robinson Crusoe.
- St. Maarten’s airport, where planes approach the runway just feet from a popular beach, made the top 10 of the world’s most dangerous places to land in Wonders World, and the Daily Telegraph’s World’s Scariest Airport Landings list. St. Maarten also boasts the distinction of being the smallest island in the world to be shared between two sovereign nations, France and the Netherlands.
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