Caribbean History (A-Z)

Can you give the correct answers to these questions about Caribbean and West Indian history for each letter of the alphabet?

This controversial politician was inaugurated as Haiti's first democratically-elected president in February 1991.A
Term for the occupations, police actions, and military interventions by the US between the end of the Spanish–American War and the inception of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1934.B
Sephardic Jews sought refuge on this southern island, part of the former Netherlands Antilles, during the Inquisition and became an important part of the local culture.C
This country ruled the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1672 until 1917, when they sold the territory to the United States.D
This European royal became Governor of the Bahamas in August 1940 following his abdication.E
In October 1983, the United States led a UN-condemned anti-Communist invasion of Grenada known as Operation Urgent ____.F
This northern grouping of islands, representing 90% of both the land mass and population of the West Indies, was the first area explored by Europeans.G
This religion arrived in Trinidad and Tobago in 1845; it now represents about a quarter of the population.H
The storm surge from this 2004 Category 5 hurricane was so severe that 83% of homes on Grand Cayman had significant water damage.I
When Christopher Columbus landed on this island in 1494, it was probably at Discovery Bay.J
This capital city was founded to serve as the new home for survivors of the 1692 earthquake that destroyed Port Royal.K
North of the Windward Islands, this island group had the most significant regional resistance to the British Stamp Act.L
The 1995-1997 eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano destroyed this British Overseas Territory's capital of Plymouth.M
From 1703-1718, this capital city was the center of a successful pirate republic that served as the base of Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, and many others.N
All independent states in the region are members of this Washington, D.C.-headquartered body, founded in 1948 to focus exclusively on hemispheric concerns.O
On August 15, 1914, the SS Ancon became the first ship to pass through this, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.P
This Mexican state, known to tourists for Cozumel, is home to Mayan sites like Chacchoben and Muyil.Q
This style of music, which combines mento and calypso sounds with jazz and R&B, developed in 1960s Jamaica.R
Slavery was abolished on this island in 1848 -- but only on half of it.S
Upon arrival on Cuba and Hispaniola, Columbus and his crew made contact with these indigenous people.T
Predecessor to Chiquita, this fruit company operated a fleet of 'banana boats' that doubled as tourist transportation in the early and mid-20th century.U
This explorer described Aruba as an 'island of giants,' referring to the comparatively large stature of the native Caquetíos compared to Europeans.V
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was the capital of this short-lived regional political federation of colonies seeking independence from the UK.W
The historic presbytery of La Plaine, Dominica is named for St. Francis ______.X
This peninsula is home to several important Mayan sites, including Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Uxmal.Y
The US CIA codenamed the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion 'Operation ______' after this nearby peninsula which shares its name with a leading figure in the Mexican revolution.Z
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