CH.5 The Caribbean Geo Facts
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What is the Caribbean economy based on?
- offshore banking
Who influenced the Caribbeans?
Europeans and US
How many countries in the Caribbeans?
Which region has greater cultural diversity? Caribbeans or Latin America?
Which body of water links the region
Name the islands in the Greater Antilles
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
Which land mases make up the Lesser Antilles?
- Small islands from Virgin Islands to Trinidad
- Leeward and Windward Islands
Which countries make up the Rimland
Belize and the Guianas
The coastal zone of mainland, from Belize to the
Guianas is known as?
The major economic activity found in the
Caribbean today is
Countries in the Caribbean make most of their
money from off-shore banking through local taxes..right??
What countries make up "Hispaniola"
Haiti and Dominican Republic
What are the seasons dependent upon in the Caribbean?
Rainfall...temperature remains relatively the same all year
How many hurricanes tend to move through the Caribbean each year?
Which hurricane killed at least 10,000 and left like 2.5 million homeless in the 20th century?
What concept is used to explain the Caribbean's unusual and contradictory position in the world?
What characteristics about the Caribbean are brought about by its Isolated Proximity?
- Increased cultural diversity
- limited economic opportunity
- Proximity to North America that ensures transnational connection
What environmental problem did the entrance of the Europeans into the region cause?
Which region is less threatened by deforestation that supports wildlife and is protected by conservational efforts
What local environmental problems do the Caribbeans have?
Water contamination and Sewage disposal
How much of Haiti's population has access to clean water?
Where is 87% of the Caribbean's population concentrated?
How fast is the region growing?
What disease in the Caribbean has an infection rate more than 3 times that of North America?
Does the Caribbean have a high Rate of Natural Increase?
What is the term for the economic flight of Caribbean peoples across the globe?
What caused the Rural-to-Urban migration in the Caribbean since the 60s?
- mechanization of agriculture
- offshore industrialization
- rapid population growth
What are some characteristics of housing in Cuba?
- Many shantytowns
- Govt. built Apt. blocks
- Stolen electricity from powerlines
- Houses stand on poles cuz of flooding
Designates a cultural region extending from midway up coast of Brazil through the Guianas and the Caribbean into southeastern U.S.
What is production of a single commodity (such as sugar) called?
What is the name for workers contracted for a set period of time?
What was the result of colonial governments freeing slaves by mid 19th century
Where are the largest Asian populations in the Caribbean?
Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago
This forced removal of Africans from their native area happened in the 16th century
How many Africans were relocated during the slave trade?
over 10 million
What are Maroon Societies?
Communities of escaped slaves
Did any Maroon societies survive and what was their impact?
- Some survived but many didn't
- preserved African traditions
Do African religions remain in the Caribbean?
What is the blending of African, European, and Amerindian cultural elements into a unique system
What is the highest spoken language in the Caribbean?
What are some influential sounds in the Caribbean? (music)
What proclaimed that U.S. would not tolerate European military involvement in Western Hemisphere
What U.S. action forced Cuba to cede Guantanamo
Bay to the U.S.
US control over Caribbean through imposition of will and military force is typically characterized as...
"Life in the American Backyard"
Do Puerto Ricans seek to secede from the U.S.
Some do...others like the closeness and the free-flowing access.
Are at least most Caribbean countries independent today?
Which trade block was established for the Caribbeans?
Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)
What was major commodity during the slave trade era in the Caribbeans?
What commodity today dominates much of Caribbean trade?
What are duty-free and tax-exempt industrial parks made to attract foreign corporations called
What is the new industry in the region?
What is so attracting of the Caribbean's offshore banking?
They offer specialized services that are confidential and tax exempt
What is the serious problem involving huge gap between gross receipts and total tourist dollars thatremain in Caribbean (money flowing out of the country into other country's companies)
What happens to a nation when a large percentage of the best-educated people leave the region (happening to the Caribbeans)
What are Remittances?
Money sent back to home country
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