What constitutes the Caribbean? The answer is often a matter of perspective and of context.
Anglophones in the region usually speak and think of the Caribbean as meaning the English-speaking islands, or member state of the Caribbean community (CARICOM). Sometimes the phrase “the wider Caribbean” is employed to refer to what is, in effect, “the others”.
In the Hispanic literature El Caribe refers either to the Spanish-speaking islands only, or to Las Antillas – the entire islands chain.
More recently a distinction is being made between El Caribe insular -the islands- and El Gran Caribe – the Greater Caribbean, or entire basin.
Among scholar, “the Caribbean” is a socio-historical category, commonly referring to a cultural zone characterized by the adjoining mainland- and may be extended to include the Caribbean Diaspora overseas.
As one scholar observes, there are many Caribbeans.