The politics in this region has much to do with personality cults. They may not have a very strong system politically but they have headstrong leaders.
The natives always lived here, but the whites came with the explorers during the middle ages and brought slaves and indentures with them. Now they live together with the ghosts of the bygone colonial era haunting their dwellings with piracies and hoodlums of the Hollywood feature films adding a dash of color and clash to their enigmatic culture (Caribbean History).
Unemployment is the major socio-economic problem in the Caribbean. The rate of unemployment is relatively high and although there are efforts to stabilize the labor scenario, the effort is producing frustratingly less results although steadfast efforts could contribute to a better socio-economic outlook in regions with better governance such as Brazil.
Unemployment among the youth leads to a social spillover that affects other areas such as tourism. Unwary tourists could face the brunt of sneaky operators out to make a fast buck through foul means. Social and familial problems include use of and peddling drugs (Youth and Employment in Latin America and Caribbean).
We do not live in the times anymore when obscure villages were scornfully left to fend for themselves. This fact intrinsically applies to the villages in particular in the Caribbean region. The village communities in the Caribbean may be very small when compared to the neighborhood and the world at large. However, it holds its importance in the eyes of the world now at least from the viewpoint of environmental concerns and even wildlife and energy.
The rural regions in the Caribbean have gained importance from various factors that include agricultural and power concerns, not forgetting tourism and carbon credits. It is only a matter of time when these villages will bustle with social and economic activities spanning agricultural and industrial ventures (Caribbean Ethnography & Community Development Field School).
Two of the more astounding aspects of the Caribbean region are its natural environment and its people. The history is as old as 4000 B.C. when the first Caribbeans set foot on South America and were followed by Arawaks. The Arawaks were peace-loving lot engaged in fishing and farming and were no match for the Caribs who followed and fought them. The Caribs killed the Arawaks men and enslaved the women. The Arawaks took to their heels and were forced northwards and westwards to the Bahamas and Cuba.
The landscape was a mixture of beauty and wonder with greenery, misty mountains, rivers and volcanoes. But the people fought for space and supremacy. The trend continued when Columbus discovered America and brought along other European nations who continued the warring trends.
There was a rush for gold but instead they found fertile land and waters in abundance. They fought the natives and they fought each other, until the close of the nineteenth century. There were the Spanish, the