The Garifuna          



The Garifuna culture arose as a result
of two slave ships that foundered off
the coast of St. Vincent in the Caribbean
in 1635.  The escaped Africans merged
with local Carib Indians and adopted
their language.

Then known as "Black Caribs", some
5,000 were interned in 1796. Many
died of disease before 2,026 were
exiled by the British to the island of
Roatan, off Honduras, in March, 1797.

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Fishing has historically been the
primary occupation of the Garifuna.
Modern Garifuna are also known
for their love of cassava and
their intense ethnic pride.

Since their origin, they have retained
very close cultural ties and most continue
to live in homogenous coastal towns
and villages. Garifuna now live in Belize,
Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Additionally, over 20,000 live in
New York City and Los Angeles!

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