Frequent question: Is Guyana Caribbean or West Indian?

Are Guyanese considered Indian?

Most Guyanese, and the smaller number of Trinidadians in Richmond Hill, are descendants of Indians who were brought over to the Caribbean starting in 1838 as contract laborers on sugar plantations after slavery was outlawed in the region’s British colonies.

Is it OK to say West Indian?

West Indian (acceptable but use with caution): The term most widely used in the past for African-Caribbean people and may be acceptable for some, especially for older people born in the Caribbean.

Why is it called West Indian?

The islands in the Caribbean are also sometimes referred to as the West Indies. Christopher Columbus thought he had reached the Indies (Asia) on his voyage to find another route there. Instead he had reached the Caribbean. The Caribbean was named the West Indies to account for Columbus’ mistake.

What is a person from Guyana called?

The people of Guyana, or Guyanese, come from a wide array of backgrounds and cultures including aboriginal Amerindians, and those who are descended from the slaves and contract workers who worked in the sugar industry of the Caribbean for various European interests, mostly of Indian or African origins.

What is the most popular food in Guyana?

Curry is widely popular in Guyana and most types of meat can be curried: chicken, seafood, goat, lamb, and even duck. Caribbean ground provisions (known colloquially as provisions) are part of the staple diet and include cassava, sweet potato, and eddoes.

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Where did black Guyanese come from?

Afro-Guyanese people are generally descended from the enslaved people brought to Guyana from the coast of West Africa to work on sugar plantations during the era of the Atlantic slave trade.