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A group of islands off the southeast coast of North America, due east of Central America, and due north of South America. Located in the Caribbean Sea, these islands are geographically considered part of North America. The name Caribbean refers to the Caribs, the original inhabitants of the islands, who were wiped out by genocidal practices that paved the way for the first iterations of sugarcane slavery plantations, which began as early as the 1500s. Today, the islands of the Caribbean represent one of the richest cultural diasporas to emerge from colonial subjugation.

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