The British African-Caribbean community are residents of the United
Kingdom who are of West Indian background, and whose ancestors were
indigenous to Africa. As immigration to the UK from Africa increased
in the 1990s, the term has been used to include UK residents solely of
African origin, or as a term to define all Black British residents,
though this is usually denoted by "African and Caribbean". The largest
proportion of the African-Caribbean population in the UK are of
Jamaican origin; others trace origins to smaller nations including
Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Barbados, Saint Lucia,
Grenada, Montserrat, Dominica, Antigua and Guyana, which though
located on the South American mainland, has close cultural ties to the
Caribbean, and was historically considered to be part of the British
West Indies. African-Caribbean communities exist throughout the United
Kingdom, though by far the largest concentrations are in London,
Birmingham and the broader West Midlands conurbation.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to
the Sea ended with the capture of Savannah, Georgia.
Itō Hirobumi, a samurai from Chōshū, became the first Prime Minister
Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate re-opened after nearly 30 years,
symbolizing the unity of East and West Germany.
Burhanuddin Rabbani of the Northern Alliance handed over power in
Afghanistan to the interim government headed by Hamid Karzai.
CC the cat, the first cloned pet, was born.
Wikiquote of the day:
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