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Pigeon Island, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia — Caribbean Region (Lesser Antilles)
 

Carib Caves

 
 
Carib Caves Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 26, 2015
1. Carib Caves Marker
Inscription.
Carib Caves
The Caribbean Sea gets its name from the Calingo or Carib people from South America who began their migration northward into the Antilles about 1000 A.D. They settled in areas close to the mainland supplies of fresh water, flora and fauna, near the sea but safe from surprise attack.

As well as building wood and thatch shelters, the Carib also exhibited troglodytic or cave-dwelling tendencies and used these small caves among the borders along the shoreline.

They dived for conch shells and fished with bow and arrow, spears, lines, nets. The also used birds such as the pelican and the kingfisher: a long line would be tied to the bird; once the bird had caught its fish, it would be quickly snatched away.

Look for offshore marine life and corals, coloured sea algae on the rocks beyond the caves, and orchids growing on the cliff face. Also look for the zemi on top of the big rock.
 
Erected by Saint Lucia National Trust.
 
Location. 14° 5.432′ N, 60° 57.971′ W. Marker is in Pigeon Island, Gros Islet. Click for map. This marker is at Pigeon Island Natural Landmark. It is the last marker on the path along the beach of the park.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Wide view of Carib Caves Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 26, 2015
2. Wide view of Carib Caves Marker
. U.S. Signal Station (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Rodney (about 120 meters away); Josset's House (about 120 meters away); Musket Redoubt (about 150 meters away); Ridge Battery (about 180 meters away); Lime Kiln (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Gunslide (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); C.O.'s Quarters (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Pigeon Island.
 
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The Carib Caves closer to the beach. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 26, 2015
3. The Carib Caves closer to the beach.
The "zemi", which is a sculptural object that houses a spirit, can be seen on the top of the large rock to the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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