Caribbean people are the people born in or inhabitants Caribbean region or people of Caribbean descent living outside the Caribbean. The Caribbean region was initially populated by Amerindians from several different Kalinago and Taino groups. These groups were decimated by a combination of slavery and disease brought by European colonizers. Descendants of the Taino and Kalinago tribes exist today in the Caribbean and elsewhere but are usually of partial Amerindian ancestry.
|c. 45–47 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Caribbean Community||17.7 million (2015)|
|Dominican Republic||10 million|
|Puerto Rico||3.4 million|
|United States||2.88 million[a]|
|Mainly Spanish, French, French-based creole languages (Haitian Creole, Antillean Creole), English, English-based creole languages (Jamaican Patois, Bahamian Creole), Papiamento |
Minority Dutch, Caribbean Hindustani
|Related ethnic groups|
|Americans, Canadians, Latin Americans|
Modern Caribbean people usually further identify by their own specific ethnic ancestry, therefore constituting various subgroups, largest of which are: Afro-Caribbean (largely descendants of emancipated African slaves) White Caribbean (largely descendants of European colonizers) and Indo-Caribbean (largely descendants of jahaji indentured workers).
- Excluding Cuban Americans.