Facts About The Caribbean
By Derrick Ormonde
Caribbean Facts 1
* Four main languages are spoken in the Caribbean - English, Dutch, French and Spanish.
* Antigua has a beach for each day of the year - 365.
* Dominica has a river for each day of the year, even the leap year - 366.
* Brimstone Hill, St. Kitts, is known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies.
* One island - 2 territories, St. Maarten and St. Martin, 3 languages (English, French & Dutch) and 3 currencies (US$, Franc & Guilder) up until the introduction of the Euro.
* Barbados is sometimes called Little England.
* St. Lucia was named Hewanora by the Amerindians, its pre-European settlers.
* 'Love is in the air' - this is the slogan of Air Jamaican.
* The oriole bird is unique to Montserrat.
* Guadeloupe and St. Kitts share a similar spelling and same pronunciation capital name - Basse-Terre & Basseterre.
* Cuba boasts a 0% literacy rate.
* Nevis is the native land of three West Indian cricketers - Elquemedo Willet, Keith Arthurton (former) & Stewart Williams.
* Belize, Dominica and St. Vincent are the only islands that still have Carib Reserves. The Caribs are pre-European Amerindian settlers.
* The St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies is in Trinidad.
* Grenada has an actively growing submarine volcano called Kick-'em-Jenny, within its vicinity of the Caribbean Sea.
* Up until June 1967, Anguilla was a dependency of St. Kitts.
* The headquarters for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is in Guyana.
* The head office for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is in St. Lucia.
* The official language in Puerto Rico, one of the United States of America (USA) Caribbean dependencies, is Spanish.
Caribbean Facts 2
* St. Lucia has produced two Nobel Prize winners - Sir Arthur Lewis (economist) and Derek Walcott (poet).
* Cable Beach in the Bahamas got its name in 1907 from the laying of transatlantic telephone cables that linked the Bahamas to the rest of the world.
* Admiral Horatio Nelson married Fanny Nisbett of Nevis.
* The trupial songbird is the national bird of Curacao.
* Papiamentu is the Creole language spoken in the Dutch Caribbean.
* The uninhabited island between Montserrat and Antigua is called Redonda.
* Bahamas is a country of 700 islands.
* On 8 May 1902, Mount Pelee, on the island of Martinique, erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre, killing about 30 00 inhabitants.
Caribbean Facts 3
* Female vocalist, Joan Armatrading was born in St. Kitts and was twice nominated for the Brit awards.
* October 25 is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in Greneda.
* October 7 is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in St. Lucia.
* Acclaimed Trinidian author V S Naipal won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
* Air Jamaica made its inaugural flight to Miami on 1st May 1966.
* Bahamas celebrates its Discovery Day by Christopher Columbus every October 12.
* September 16 is National Heroes Day for the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis.
* October 15 is National Heroes Day for Jamaica.
* Michelle Kahn was Trinidad's first Miss Universe (1996).
* Wendy Fitzwilliams was Trinidad's second Miss Universe (1998).
* BBC and Time Magazine named Bob Marley and the Wailers' album "Exodus" as the album of the twentieth century.
* The wedding of Bob & Rita Marley took place on January 10.
* The death of Toussaint Louverture is a national holiday in Haiti (April 7).
* July 1 is Caribbean Day.
* Anegada and Virgin Gorda are two constituents islsnds of the British Virgin Islands.
* Saba is one of the constituents islsnds of the Netherland Antilles.
* St. Barthes boasts an artist per square kilometre - over 30 artists.
* Amazona Versicolor (The St. Lucia Parrot) is the national bird of St. Lucia.
* Guadeloupe is a butterfly-shaped island - the western wing is called Basse-Terre and the eastern wing is called Grand-Terre.
* The Sisserou Parrot is the national bird of Dominica.
* Dominica's Boiling Lake is the largest of its kind in the world.
* The Curacoa Underwater Park was established in 1983.
* Carriacou Parang Festival is a musical festival and cultural extravaganza - 15-17 December.
* Santo Domingo was renamed the Dominican Republic when it gained its independence from Haiti in 1844.
* Toussaint Louverture was the first governor general of the Haiti (formerly Saint Domingue).
* Saint Domingue was renamed Haiti when it gained its independence from France in 1804.
* The national flower of Belize is the Black Orchid.
* The national flower of Grenada is the Bouganvillea.
* The national flower of Cuba is the Buterfly Jasmine.
* The only captain of the West Indies cricket team who has not lost a test series is Sir Vivian Richards.
Derrick's love affair with the Caribbean has led to the development of a number of businesses and initiatives dedicated to celebrating the region. A former publisher of Caribbean travel and lifestyle bookazines Derrick has attracted impressive commercial support from many top international travel and lifestyle brands.
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