5 Caribbean mother tongues that developed from West African languages

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson February 21, 2019
Cover of language study book on Jamaica Patois

Africans and the Caribbeans share a strong bond through history that has affected both lands. Today, close to 70% of people from the Caribbean trace their roots to Africa with the majority closely linked to West Africa, some parts of Central Africa and a smaller percentage from East Africa.

Interestingly, The Atlantic slave trade, which started in the 15th century lasting through to the 19th century saw approximately 5 million.

The Africans forced into a new life in the New World took with them their traditions, culture, food and religious practices and languages.

They blended with the cultures of their new life – Western culture.

Moreover, Several communities in the Caribbean and parts of South America remain 75-100% very African through their everyday practices .

Furthermore, The enslaved Africans spoke their languages in their new homes until they were stopped from doing so by their white masters.

Nevertheless, they continued to speak it in secrecy until Maroon settlements began to develop where the languages were spoken all the time.

While trying to communicate with their masters, the enslaved Africans picked up several languages such as Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and English.

They, eventually, mixed with their languages developing new languages altogether.

Here are 5 Caribbean mother tongues that trace their origins to Africa.

Last Edited by:Victor Ativie Updated: March 20, 2020


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