The Caribbean Region has a very rich cultural heritage resulting from the mix of different races that settled here.
Many of the cultural practices that we see today were inherited from our foreparents.
The people of the Caribbean share similarities in culture because of the climate, the landform and experiences of the past.
Because Caribbean people are descandants of the people who came from Europe, Asia and Africa there are great similarities in the music, food festival and religious customs. The Caribbean is often referred to as a MELTING POT because of the racial and cultural integration.
Some music forms in the Caribbean are as follows and have their origin in certain islands.
Calypso or Soca originated in Trinidad
Reggae originated in Jamaica
Rhumba originated in Cuba
Mento originated in Jamaica
Merengue originated in the Dominican Republic
The food that we eat has a lot to do with our ancestors as well as our climate.
The Arawaks, Spaniards, British, Africans, Indians and Chinese have all contiibuted to the kinds of food we eat.
Some of the foods brought to the Caribbean are
Ackee, yam Africans
Sugar Cane, citrus Europeans
Cassava Sweet potato Amerindians
Cho cho, Rice, mango, curry East Indians
Because of the similarities in physical features of the lands Caribean countries produce similar crops. Additionally some foods are called by one name in Jamaica but go by different name in it countires.
Ackee for example is called Guinep in Barbados and Trinidad
Chocho in Jamaica is known as Christophene in the Eastern Caribbean
June Plum is called Golden Apple in the Eastern Caribbean
Naseberry is called Sappodilla in Trinidad and Tobago.
There are some dishes that Jamaicans eat that were introduced by the various groups. Roti and Curry Chicken is an East Indian dish and Sweet and sour chicken and fried rice enjoyed by many Jamaican was introduced by the Chinese.
Pies puddings and cakes were introduced by the Europeans.