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: This work looks at life in the island nations and territories of the Caribbean from a historical and contemporary perspective. The focus is on life in contemporary times. Subjects covered include geography, history, demographic composition and cultures including music, foods, religion and creole languages; how different ethnic and racial groups have shaped the destinies of the Caribbean countries through the years; the economies of the islands; educational and political systems; historical sites and tourist attractions; some of the important figures in the Caribbean islands and in the history of the Caribbean in general including those who have had an impact on the islands - and beyond - in contemporary times, and much more. Tourists and other people who want to learn about life in the Caribbean today may find this work to be useful. It's also an important work from a historical perspective. It's a comprehensive introduction to the island nations and territories of the Caribbean covering many subjects across the spectrum.