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The map shows the islands and political entities in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean is the region roughly south of the United States, east of Mexico and north of Central and South America, consisting of the Caribbean Sea and its islands. The island territories and archipelagos are designated with a variety of names, most common are: the West Indies, the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Antilles, and also as the West Indies.

The islands were originally inhabited by Arawak and Carib Indians. In 1492 Columbus 'discovered' the islands of the Bahamas, assuming that he had reached the coast of India, he called the locals Indians.

Subdivisions of the Caribbean: The West Indies are several chains of islands that extends from the Florida peninsula to the coast of Venezuela between the Caribbean Sea in west and the Atlantic Ocean in east.
They consist of four main island groups: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, the Bahama Archipelago (Lucayan Archipelago), and the Leeward Antilles, sometimes included is the Bermuda, a British island territory lying further to the north in the North Atlantic Ocean.



To the south of the Caribbean Sea lies Central America and the northern countries of South America, depicted on the map are the location of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.

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Countries and Territories in the West Indies Caribbean (capitals in parentheses):

Anguilla (The Valley), Antigua and Barbuda (Saint John's), Aruba (Oranjestad), Bahamas (Nassau), Barbados (Bridgetown), British Virgin Islands (Road Town), Cuba (Havana), Dominica (Roseau), Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo), Grenada (Saint George's), Guadeloupe (Basse-Terre), Haiti (Port-au-Prince), Jamaica (Kingston), Martinique (Fort-de-France), Montserrat (Plymouth), Netherlands Antilles (Willemstad), Puerto Rico (San Juan), Saint Kitts and Nevis (Basseterre), Saint Lucia (Castries), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Kingstown), U.S. Virgin Islands (Charlotte Amalie)

Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain), the twin islands sit on the continental shelf of South America, considered to be part of South America.

Countries of Middle and Central America (capitals in parentheses):

Belize (Belmopan), Costa Rica (San José), El Salvador (San Salvador), Guatemala (Guatemala City), Honduras (Tegucigalpa), Mexico (Mexico City), Nicaragua (Managua), Panama (Panama City)
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Maps of Countries in Central America:
Belize Map, Costa Rica Map, El Salvador Map, Guatemala Map, Honduras Map, Mexico Map, Nicaragua Map, Panama Map

Maps of Caribbean Islands
Bahamas Map, Cuba Map, Dominican Republic, Haiti Map, Jamaica Map, Puerto Rico Map


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