Archæological evidence shows human habitation in the Caribbean for centuries before the arrival of Europeans. It was the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus in so-called the new world that initiated a great race for riches by Europeans. For the next 550 years, the Caribbean region would play a vital role in the economic history of the western world and, often, a tragic role in in the world's social history. Significant events, in the present, demonstrated by the recent changes in Cuba, the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, the earthquakes and subsequent turmoil in Haïti, and the climate-driven rise of sea levels that threaten the very existence of some island states, demonstrate the historical centrality and the cultural contributions of the region.
This Library guide will offer a starting point for those wishing to study the history and culture of the many and varied nations and territories that populate the Caribbean region.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -Lesser Antilles
Saint Martin (France Outre Mer *) -Lesser Antilles
* Citizens of the Outre Mer regions are French citizens and these regions are considered part of France.
** Guyana was formerly British Guiana.
Saint Barthélemy (France Outre Mer *)
Saint Martin (France Outre Mer *)
NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENTAL SHELF
Turks and Caicos Islands [UK]