|The Caribbean Islands|
|The Caribbean Islands
number in the hundreds, stretching from Florida in the North to
Venezuela in the South. Climate is tropical with the rainy season
from May to October. Temperature varies greatly according to elevation
on these mountain islands.
is approximately 37 million with a 1.3% rate of natural increase.
of most islands are predominantly that of English, French, Spanish or
Portuguese colonizers. Also, slaves brought from Africa in the
18th century and, after that was abolished, indentured
laborers from China, India and the East Indies created ethnically
diverse populations speaking languages from around the world.
have large tourism sectors, enjoy substantial US and European investment,
and trade local goods such as petroleum, iron ore, sugar, coffee and
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