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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