Early history and People emigration, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Anguilla and Montserrat, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago. History and Culture Information and Travel Guide. Vacation packages Book store. The entire history and culture of Caribbean Island people, and immigration of Caribbean Islands People, The commonwealth Caribbean islands have a distinctive history. Permanently influenced by the experiences of colonialism and slavery, the Caribbean has produced a collection of societies that are markedly different in population composition from those in any other region of the world. Lying on the sparsely settled periphery of an irregularly populated continent, the region was "discovered" by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Thereafter, it became the springboard for the European invasion and domination of the Americas, a transformation that historian D. W. Meinig has aptly described as the "radical reshaping of America.