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Encyclopedia > Caribbean Spanish

Caribbean Spanish (español caribeño) is the general name of the Spanish language dialects spoken in the Caribbean region. This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... West Indian also redirects here. ...

More precisely, the term refers to the Spanish language as spoken in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, the Caribbean regions of Colombia, and in the Gulf Coastal states of Veracruz and Tabasco in Mexico . The state of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave is one of the 31 states that compose Mexico (does not include the Mexican Federal District). ... Tabasco is a state in Mexico. ...

Phonetics and phonology

  • /s/ at the end of a syllable or before a consonant is pronounced like [h]
  • j (/x/), is aspirated and is soft as the /h/ in English
  • /n/ is pronounced heavier at the end of words ("con"="cong")
  • /L/ is often confused with /r/ especially in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
  • /r/ is often pronounced as /j/ and aspirated (revolucion=jevolucion)
  • Heavy usage of "tu" and "usted", often put befor a phrase ("estas hablando"="tu ta'hablando")

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Caribbean History: War of Spanish Succession | caribbean-guide.info (757 words)
As with all of the Caribbean wars, islands often changed hands, disrupting the lives of their inhabitants.
After the Treaties of Utrecht began ending the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, former privateers came to settle the island.
The heyday of the Caribbean's pirates had come to an end, and Europe had blocked France and Spain from uniting.
Caribbean adventure travel cruises. (1926 words)
Caribbean Cruises: The islands of the Caribbean are perhaps the quintessential tropical paradise and with good reason.
The flora of the Caribbean are often dense and luxuriant as might be expected for this humid, tropical region.
The former Spanish colonies are predominantly white, with the exception of the Dominican Republic.
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