The Caribbean islands were formed by the collision of two tectonic plates. One plate is slipping beneath the other, which results in land being pushed up through the water. There was also volcanic activity from the collision that helped form the islands.Know More
Material pushed up through the ocean by volcanic, seismic and tectonic activity created the basic Caribbean islands. Over time, material built up so that it broke through the surface of the ocean to make the current physical islands. Since then, the two tectonic plates have continued to move, which created more islands within the group to form the modern Caribbean.
The shape of the islands was created by more than simple volcanic and seismic activity. The constant movement of the plates dragged the roots of the islands, the magma flows that created volcanoes and other rising material, away from their original spot. This created the arc visible today in a range of the Caribbean islands. This movement created more islands, much like the Hawaiian islands were created by moving over a lava flow, but in a unique arc shape. The details of how the Caribbean islands were created and how the arc was formed are constantly being researched, so new information regularly comes to light.Learn more about Caribbean
There are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, also known as the West Indies. There are 13 independent island countries: Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.Full Answer >
There are over 7,000 islands that are found in the Caribbean. Most of these islands are part of different territories and also are in different geographical groups like the Lesser and Greater Antilles. Although some islands like Puerto Rico are territories of certain countries, others are independent nations.Full Answer >
The three largest Caribbean islands by land area are Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. The three most populous Caribbean nation-states as of 2011 are Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Full Answer >
The most popular Caribbean island vacation destinations are the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas. As of June 2015, every year, millions of people from all over the world visit these islands for rest, relaxation and recreation.Full Answer >