Often described as the West Indies, the Caribbean archipelago is one of the worlds best yachting locations, and is ideal for year round sunny holidays with its tropical beaches that are spread over approximately 1 million square miles.
Brush up your worldly knowledge with these 18 interesting facts about the Caribbean:
Although already populated by Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, it was then discovered by the European explorer Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492.
It is estimated that during the initial Spanish conquest of the Americas up to eight million indigenous people died, primarily through the spread of diseases, in a series of events that have been described as the first large-scale act of genocide of the modern era. (Source Wikipedia).
Between 1662 and 1807 Britain shipped 3.1 million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean in the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Africans were forcibly brought to British owned colonies in the Caribbean and sold as slaves to work on plantations. Those engaged in the trade were driven by the huge financial gain to be made, both in the Caribbean and at home in Britain. (Source – National Archives).