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Caribbean people
Total population
c. 45–47 million
Regions with significant populations
  Colombia12 million
  Cuba11 million
  Haiti11 million
  Dominican Republic10 million
  Puerto Rico3.4 million
  Jamaica2.7 million
  Trinidad and Tobago1.3 million
  Guyana790 thousand
  Suriname633 thousand
Mainly: Spanish, French, French-based creole languages ( Haitian Creole, Antillean Creole), English, English-based creole languages ( Jamaican Patois, Bahamian Creole, Trinidadian Creole, Guyanese Creole, Bajan Creole), Papiamento
Minority: Dutch, Caribbean Hindustani, Chinese
Majority: Minority:
Related ethnic groups
Americans, Canadians, Latin Americans

Caribbean people are the people born in or inhabitants of the Caribbean region or people of Caribbean descent living outside the Caribbean. The Caribbean region was initially populated by Amerindians from several different Kalinago and Taino groups. These groups were decimated by a combination of enslavement and disease brought by European colonizers. Descendants of the Taino and Kalinago tribes exist today in the Caribbean and elsewhere but are usually of partial Amerindian ancestry. [1]

Modern Caribbean people usually further identify by their own specific ethnic ancestry, therefore constituting various subgroups, of which are: Afro-Caribbean (largely descendants of bonded African slaves), Hispanic/ Latino-Caribbean (people from the Spanish-speaking Caribbean who descend from solely or a mixture of Spaniards, West Africans, indigenous peoples, other Europeans, Arabs, or Chinese), Indo-Caribbean (largely descendants of Indian jahaji indentured laborers and some free immigrants), White Caribbean (largely descendants of European colonizers and some indentured workers), Chinese Caribbeans (largely descendants of free Chinese immigrants and some indentured workers), and Indigenous Caribbeans (descendants of the indigenous people of the Caribbean with some degree of admixture).


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