History of Caribbean, and the Islands. The People, Migration, Colonization, Culture, Tradition. The history of the Caribbean is rich with adventurous tales, blended cultures, and natural diversity. The impact of colonialism and slavery can still be seen in many of the island cultures today; so much so, in fact, that travelers often note a sense of living with the near-tangible history that permeates the region. This overview article covers the main themes and events of Caribbean history, however, more detailed, in-depth articles about the region can be found chronologically. A time line can also help you learn more about any event or time period you're interested in. Themes of slavery and warfare have dominated throughout the region's past.