Caribbean & Central America Today

by Diego Rodriguez & Edith Gutierrez

Culture

The major cultures are the Carnival and Santeria.For the Carnival the use costumes with beautiful color.They also do BBQ's and dance until there is no tomorrow.For Santeria is a religion witch uses Yoruba beliefs and traditions and some Roman Catholic.They surrounded people with candles.
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Agriculture

Agriculture is generally understood to be concerned with the production of food; however, in Central America, ornamental plants and flowers, forest products, and fibers are also important agricultural commodities. There is many different types of crops in Central America and the Caribbean. Since the nineteenth century, certain crops have been raised in Central America as export crops and others principally for domestic consumption. Many of the traditional crops grown are not native to the region.

Many of the most widely grown crops are termed exotics, that is, plants not native to the region that were introduced by European settlers. Bananas, coffee, and sugarcane are three principal exotic crops, with corn being a fourth. Most of the production of introduced plants is grown for export, although native corn is for local use.

Bananas are grown extensively in the Caribbean and Pacific lowlands but most prominently in the Sula Valley of Honduras, a leading world exporter of this crop. The banana industry flourished under the control of North American growers, especially the United Fruit Company. In the later part of the nineteenth century, the banana export business grew and enjoyed large markets in the United States and Europe. The United Fruit Company also exerted strong influence over governmental policies in the region.Vegetables, high-value crops, and ornamental plants and flowers are being grown at an increased rate. The leading crops are broccoli,cauliflower, snow peas, melons, strawberries, and pineapples. Palm oil from a nonnative tree is another high value farm product.

Goverment

30 years after a wave of democratic change swept through the Americas and enabled citizens to regain fundamental political rights, public confidence in representative institutions remains low. Democracies.Raul Castro rules Cuba with all power and he has all control.Dictatorship
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Economy

Free Trade is a system that helps us trade with the Caribbean and Central America and it brings food and others items. Ecotourism is a big part of this land.There is a lot of beautiful and unique places to visit in Central America and the Caribbean. A lot of money is made by ecotourism here.
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