Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Bahamas and Caribbean
The Caribbean is the inhabited region of the Caribbean Sea, consisting of some 7,000 islands north of South America and east of Central America. Over the decades of European colonization of the Americas, various Caribbean islands were controlled or settled by the Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English, and all of their influences persist in one Caribbean nation or another, along with that of the Africans who were brought to the islands as slaves. The French and British influences are especially strong, and each retain some territories in the area (as do the United States and the Netherlands). Throughout the Caribbean, sports and athletics are highly popular not only as spectator activities but especially (thanks to the climate and the isolation of islands) as participatory activities. Though soccer and basketball have recently risen in prominence, cricket is the traditional main sport of the West Indies (Anguilla, Antigua and ...