|s/y Nine of Cups
Island Hopping in the Eastern Caribbean
|From the Turks & Caicos, we sailed into the eastern Caribbean, arriving first in the port of Luperon,
Dominican Republic. We tried to explore each place we visited, learn about its history, culture and
people. Come with us as we discover for ourselves each island's unique features and offerings.
|Click on a place above to go island hopping and
exploring with Nine of Cups and crew. Come on, mon,
you'll love it!
|The extent of the Caribbean is about 1,063,000
square miles or 2,754,000 square kilometers. The
Caribbeans greatest depth is called the Cayman
Trench, between Cuba and Jamaica and is about
25,216' (1,686 M) below sea level.
|Indians were the first inhabitants here, and then, in 1492, Christopher Columbus
began his exploration of these islands, becoming the first European to venture into the
area. After reportedly landing in the Bahamas, Columbus named these islands the
Indies, because he thought he had finally reached Asia (and the East Indies) and
hence the name Indians for its inhabitants. Numerous explorers followed in his path,
then settlers arrived from the Americas and Europe. Included in that mix were
religious outcasts, slaves from Africa and a small army of pirates. Great military
powers would fight for control of the islands, and finally, a blended mix of African
and European cultures and languages transformed this large group of islands and its
peoples into one of the premier tourist destinations on the planet. Long called the
West Indies, the overall area is now commonly referred to as the Caribbean, a name
that became popular after World War II.
|Good reading....Caribbean by James Michener