Category Archives: Caribbean History

Captain Tim takes you on a tour of Caribbean history with postings about interesting history of the Caribbean. From Sugar Mills, to Lighthouses and facts about how life has changed (or stayed the same) over the last several centuries.

The African Roots of Puerto Rico

The African Roots of Puerto Rico are often overlooked, but their contributions into the Puerto Rican culture were significant. If you are interested in this topic and are visiting Puerto Rico, then we recommend a visit to the Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (African Heritage Museum) located on Calle San Sebastian in Old San Juan. […]

8 Must See Cultural Attractions of the Caribbean

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The Caribbean islands are known for their clear water, sunshine and laid back lifestyle amidst a lush tropical setting. However, every island’s culture is different and these cultural influences from the west, the early African slave trade and indigenous tribes blend together to give each island its unique identity and where harmony is displayed in […]

Captain Blackbeard: Edward Thatch, The Notorious Caribbean Pirate

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When people think about the history of the sea, the first thing that springs to mind is pirates. The golden age of piracy was in the Caribbean during the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1830s that it died out, but by then some of the most famous pirates had cemented their names into history. […]

The History of Puerto Rico: Lighthouses

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day!  And we are celebrating by highlighting the lighthouse of Puerto Rico.   If you are a lighthouse fanatic, or even looking to add a little history into your next vacation in Puerto Rico, consider touring some of the wonderful lighthouses to be found in Puerto Rico. The lighthouses of Puerto […]

Vieques Horses

Horses run free in Vieques, and admittedly, it is one of my favorite things about Vieques.  There is just something so fun and Caribbean about traffic jams caused by horses.  Of course, there are positives and negatives to this phenomenon; but it is something entirely unique to Vieques. History of the Vieques Horses The wild […]

Puerto Rico History: Sugar Mills

For many years, visiting the abandoned sugar mills (Centrales) in Puerto Rico was a favorite pastime.  Long since closed, the ruins of the sugar mills are decaying and in disrepair.  It is a shame that more isn’t being done to preserve such an important part of history.  The production of sugar was an important aspect […]

The Women Pirates of the Caribbean

Even if you have seen the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, gone on the ride at Disneyland and dressed up like one at Halloween, that doesn’t mean you know what the real pirates of the Caribbean were like. I am going to share the short-stories of two of the most well-known Women Pirates of the […]

The History Buff’s List of What to Do in Puerto Rico

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If you enjoy history than finding what to do in Puerto Rico on your vacation will not be difficult. Puerto Rico boasts some of the most interesting history from the middle New World. Visiting many of the fort settlements, constructed by the Spanish to protect from British and French invaders, will give you a look […]

Rock to Merengue Music from Puerto Rico

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There are many different styles of music from Puerto Rico, but Merengue is one of the most popular genres throughout all of Latin America and major cities in the United States. The etymology of its name is much disputed, but it is likely related to similar West African words related to dance and music. Origin […]

Visit the Vieques Bunkers

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The history of Vieques is tied up with the history of the U.S. Navy. During its occupation of the island, the Naval Ammunition Facility (NAF) built a network of naval magazines in Vieques – hundreds of bunkers for ammunition storage, built into the hills, camouflaged beneath earth and grass on the western side of the […]