People in the West Indies, as we in Britain sometimes call it, are often lumped together quite wrongly as one people.
“Apart from the accident of their having been under British rule Barbadians, St Lucians, Guyanese and Jamaicans have very little in common with each other.
Were you to superimpose a map of Europe on the Caribbean, Jamaica would be Edinburgh; Trinidad, north Africa; and Barbados, Italy:
the islands are that far apart”.
Blueprint brief – 2nd July 2014
Source: Ian Thomson, The Spectator, 28 June 2014, reviewing Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day, by Carrie Gibson.