Corn Island Paraíso Turístico para Visitantes Nacionales y Extranjeros

Corn Island, Nicaragua ~ This is where my family and I are from. Located on the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast. The Corn Islands (Big Corn Island & Little Corn Island) are located about 43 miles east of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast is home to an ethnic group quite different from the Spanish-speaking Mestizos you’ll meet elsewhere in the country (on the Pacific side). The islanders are English-speaking Creole people of mixed African, Indigenous, and European descent. These Nicaraguan Creoles constitute about 9% of Nicaragua’s population (500,000 people out of 6 million), the largest Black Creole population in Central America, even larger than Belize.

They speak a dialect of English similar to the Patois spoken in Jamaica, and cultural ties to the Anglophone Caribbean are strong. You’ll notice a difference not only in the local language, but also in the cuisine, the music, the buildings and the general lifestyle.

African slaves were shipwrecked on Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast as early as 1640 and interaction between them and the local Mískito population (Native Americans) commenced. Larger numbers of Africans from Jamaica were settled in the area during the 18th century to work on the banana, sugar and lumber plantations, which led to the development of Mískito Coastal Creole.

The Coast was officially under British protection from 1740 to 1787 according to the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance with the Mískito Kingdom and remained under British influence until the late 19th century. In the mid-19th century, more English or Creole-speaking laborers, primarily from Jamaica, Barbados and San Andrés (island) Colombia, were brought to the Coast as laborers.

However, following the 1894 formal annexation of the Mískito Kingdom by the Nicaragua government, an increasing number of Spanish speakers migrated to the newly created area (the Zelaya Department). The 1987 Constitution of Nicaragua granted autonomy to the former Zelaya Department as two autonomous regions of the North and South Atlantic Coasts. Autonomous status has allowed for the promotion and development of the languages of the Caribbean Coast and, as of 1992, there was education in English and Spanish, as well as education in Indigenous languages.

In recent years there has been substantial internal migration by Spanish-speaking mestizo people from Pacific Nicaragua, and, increasingly, by Mískito people (Native Americans) from the Caribbean mainland around Puerto Cabezas.

Spent the 1st half of my childhood here. So many memories… Cool breeze, man! These are my peeps, this is from where I hail; The Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte Norte & The Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur

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