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West Indies
The islands in the Caribbean Sea.
Dependency
A place goverened by or closely connected with another country.
Mulattos
People of mixed African and European ancestry.
Ladinos
People of mixed European and Native American ancestry.
Dictator
A person who has complete control over a country's government.
Sugarcane
Plant grown throughout the Carribean, during the colonial period, who sweet sap is used to make sugar and malasses.
Single-product economy
An economic system that depends on one product to supply almost all jobs and income.
Diversify
To invest in a variety of industries.
Jose Marti
Cuban revolutionary who led the fight for independence from Spanish rule.
Fidel Castro
Cuban revolutionary who overthrew a corrupt government in 1959 but soon became a Communist dictator.
Communism
Economic and political system in which the government controls the economy and all the property is shared by the community.
Malnutrition
Poor health caused by a lack of nourishing food.
Carnival
A Cuban holiday held at the end of July and celebrated with music and dancing.
Rafael Carrera
Revolutionary leader who served as president of Guatemala from 1854 to 1865.
Jacobo Arbenz Guzman
Reformer who was president of Guatemala from 1951 to 1954.
Departamentos
Guatemalan states.
Plantation
A large farm cultivated by workers living there.
Lease
To allow use of lands and property for a fixed fee.
Salsa
Latin American dance music of african and cuban orgin, influenced by jazz and rock music.
Reggae
Jamaican popular music that is marked by a strong rhythm and influenced by calypso and rock music.
Cold War
The period of rivalry an tension between the united states and the soviet union after World War II.
Redistribute
To take away from original owners and give to others, so as to spread wealth more evenly among people.
Market Economy
An economic system in which prices, wages, and production.
Standard of Living
The level of material comfort in daily life.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
The total value of the goods a country creates.