There are several small islands that make up some of the best tourist destinations in the Caribbean, and most of these are named as saints. St. Barthelemy, an overseas collective of France, is a high-end tourism and luxury duty-free economy mostly bought by wealthy American and French visitors. St. Kitts and Nevis are federal democracies independent from Britain, and used to produce most of the world’s sugar. St. Lucia, considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean, has been independent from Britain since 1974, but is still highly contested at times. St. Martin is an overseas collective of France, and shares an island with Saint Maarten which is part of the Netherlands. St. Vincent and the Grenadines have […]
Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony for 400 years, and then became related to the USA after the Spanish-American war of 1898. The US President is chief of state, but Puerto Rico is administered by an elected governor. However, corruption has been a big problem in local governments. They have a free market economy, and one of the higher per capita incomes in the Caribbean, but they also have one of the highest costs of living. Puerto Rico is traditionally Catholic, but the trend seems to follow that of many other countries. Evangelicals are growing, from .1% in 1990 to over 25% in 2010, while Catholicism is on the decline. Yet, there is still a struggle for churches to make […]
Panama is the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus between North and South America. Due to its key geographic location, Panama’s economy is service-based, toward banking, commerce and tourism. The Panama Canal sees 4% of the world’s trade pass through. However, the wealth is held in only the hands of a few while 40% live in poverty, and a porous border with Colombia means that drug cartels hold much influence. With help from the US, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and helped to build a canal between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, the canal was transferred to Panama. There has since been peaceful elections and political stability. Most are Christian. The country has great diversity and great potential […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.