In 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall in the Caribbean. The word “Indian” came to be used because Columbus repeatedly expressed the mistaken belief that he had reached the shores of the Indonesian Islands in Asia. There are 13 countries in the Caribbean, mostly scattered across the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, and the Windward Islands. This subregion is also called the West Indies. The 13 countries have some common features:
– They are mostly volcanic islands, including active volcanoes serving as tourism resources for some countries.
– They have small populations and land areas, and 8 countries have a population of less than 400,000.
– Many country names are a combination of two islands, such as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or Antigua and Barbuda.
– Several countries have investment immigration policies. Selling citizenship seems to be a good business.
– Six countries are part of the British Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II being the Head of the Commonwealth, and the currency used the Eastern Caribbean dollar.
Taiwan has three allies in this region, who are nicknamed “the three saints.” As for which three saints, stay tuned in the next three weeks!