Caribbean History Vocabulary

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Puerto Rico Trench

The deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean

Virgin Bank

A great sea shelf that extends from Puerto Rico northward in a crescent like curb

Estate La Grange

Land from here, St.Croix was officially reserved to construct a fort & town

King Frederick V

Fredericksted was named after him

Lesser Antilles

Comprised of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Greneda, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, & the B.V.I.

Taphus

drinking house

Pillsbury Sound

St.John is about 2 miles east of St.Thomas just accross this

Ron De Lugo

Delegate to Congress & Revived Carnival in 1952

Virgin Passage

The Virgin Islands are separated from the Puerto Rico on the East by the Virgin Passage

Torrid Zone

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea

Jens Beck

The designer of Fredericksted

Greater Antilles

Made up of 4 Islands; Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola & Jamaica

Captain Eric Smidt

He founded Charlotte Amaile on March 30th, 1666

Alton Adams

The first black bandmaster of the U.S. Navy, writer of the V.I. March

Dansk Vestindien

Another name for the Danish West Indies

Basin

Christiansted was once called this

Peter Von Scholten

The governor of Fredericksted, and issued the Proclomation of Emancipation in 1848

Windward

They lie in the South Eastern part of the West Indies, they are named so because they are exposed to the Northeast trade winds, which consist of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique & the Grenadines

Sukasa & Savane

It was established to provide housing for the increasing number of coloreds, which was called Sukasa

Danneborg

another name for the Danish Flag

Westend

Fredericksted

Topography

the detailed mapping or charting of the features of a relatively small area or district, area, or locality

Caribbean

pertaining to the Caribs, the lesser Antilles, or the Caribbean sea and its islands

Leeward

A group of Islands in the Northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which consists of the major islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Anguilla, Saba, St. Estatius, St. Christopher, Nevis, Anguilla, Barbuda, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe & Dominica

Lawrence Rocker feller

He donated St.John to the United States Government

Lionel Roberts

St. Thomas Bandmaster

embryonic

undeveloped

Petroglyphs

stone carvings

Legacy

anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor

Calinas

the tainos and the caribs were referred to this in the late ceramic culture

Arawakan

the language the pre-taino people spoke

Piraguas

canoes

Ra II

a papyrus boat

Cassava bread

flat cake made from grated cassava

Astrolabe

an astronomical instrument for taking the altitude of the sun or stars

Calabash

a large round gourd which grows on trees, which can be hollowed out to make bowls and spoons

Archaic Period

the earliest known period of the VI History, also known as the Pre-Ceramic Culture

Archaeologists

People who study the the history of prehistoric people and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, & other such remains

ceremonial

formal behavior found at or appropriate to a certain occasion, or ritual

Cabarets

a form of theatrical entertainment, consisting many of political sattire in the form of skits, songs, and improvisations

Excavation

to expose or uncover by digging

Roucou

red dye made from annato seeds

Lucayanos

one of the groups of the Arawakan People

Orinoco River

The first people to settel in the caribbean came from this area, located in South America

Epigraphy

The study of inscriptions

Symbolic

serving as a symbol of something

Maboya

a spirit made out of yellow and redwood

Aruacos

the 5 indian nations that inhabited Trinidad

Dichotomy

division into 2 parts

Horticulture

the science of growing fruit & vegetables

Cassava

Yuca/Manioc

South America

A continent in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere

Aboriginal

Having existed in a region from the beginning

Salt River

Where Christopher Columbus met the Calinas in St.Croix

Manioc

another name for cassava

Batey

the central plaza

Cannibal

People that eat other humans

Hammocks

beds made from cotton

Ouicou

a beer made from cassava that the caribs drank

Anthropologists

Scientists that study the origin, behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans

Artifacts

objects and tools found at an excavation

Pre-Ceramic

also referred to the Ciboneys

Ethnographic

The branch of anthropology that deals with the scientific description of specific human cultures

Yucayeques

the arawak village

Ciba

cavemen

Cacique

Chief

Arrowroot

Starchy root used for food and medicinal purposes

Amerindians

native peoples of the Americs

Expedition

an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose

Manufacture

The making of goods by manual labor or machinery

Queen Isabella

The queen of Spain

Sir Francis Drake

The famous privateer and captain who also has a passage named after him, and he reported sightings of Indian settlements on St. Croix

Christopher Heins

He succeeded Esmit in 1688 that piracy began to diminish in the Danish West Indies

Inhabitants

A person or animal that inhabits a place

Johann Gutenburg

the inventor of the printing press

Hypothesized

a proposition assumed as a premise in a argument

Misappropriating

to put to a wrong use

King Ferdinand

the King of Spain

Charles Wheeler

The english governor of the Leeward Islands

Prosperity

a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition' good fortune

The Brandenburg Company

They built a factory at the Westend of town, which later became known as the Brandenburg Quarter

Surmise

To think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess

Claudius Ptolemaeus

an Alexandria astronomer, geographer, and mathematician who described the geography of the Earth as round

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria

3 of Columbus' ships

Captain Erik Nielsen Smit

He made several profitable trip[s to the West Indies for Denmark

Frego & Golden Crown

2 ships that were given to George Iversen to transport indentured servants and servants to colonize St.Thomas

John Lorentz

He replaced Heins in 1960, and saw piracy as restriction on the Danish West Indies, and began to persecute pirates without mercy

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