CARICOM: The Caricom rests on four main pillars: Economic integrations; Foreign policy coordination; Human and social development; and security. The Caricom nations include: Anitgua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Monserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname & Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Members inlcude: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands & Turks and Caicos Islands.
Association of Caribbean States (acs-aec) : Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
West Indies FederationIF (3/01/1958 – 31/05/1962), The Federation was a short-lived political union of various Islands colonised by the United Kingdom. The intention was to become a federation to unite as a single state and become independent from Britain, similar to the Australian Commonwealth.
Caribbean Peoples: Afro-Caribbean, Indgenous-Caribbean (Arawak, Igneri, Taino, Caquetio, Ciboney, Ciguayo, Garifuna, Kalina, Kalinago, Lucayan, Macorix & Raizal), Indo-Caribbean, White Caribbean. Caribbean Languages: (El Caribe, les Caraibes, Karayib, De Caraiben) English, French, Spanish, Dutch, French Creoles, English Creoles, Dutch Creoles, Papiamento, Caribbean Hindustani & Chinese.
Popular Caribbean music genres: Bachata, Merengue, Mombo, Baithak gana, Bouyon, Calypso, Chutney, Chutney-soca, Kompas, Dancehall, Parang, Punta, Ragga, Reggae, Reggaeton, Salsa, Soca & Zouk. The majority of all the music genres from the Caribbean contain an undeniable, underlying African touch, this is recognisable by the call and response style of music. Important to note, is that none of these genres would exist without the petridish like environment of each individual place in the Caribbean. The music drawing on the colonial history, the experience and the circumstances over hundreds of years, to be created as you know it today.
West Indies colonial names: British West Indies or Anglophone Caribbean, Danish West Indies, Dutch West Indies, French West Indies, Portuguese West Indies, Spanish West Indies, Swedish West Indies, Courlander West Indies.