A member of a people of Carib, Arawak, and African ancestry living along the Caribbean coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. The Garifuna were deported to the area in the late 1700s after their defeat by the British on the island of St. Vincent, where shipwrecked and escaped African slaves had intermarried with the indigenous population beginning in the early 1600s.
The Arawakan language spoken by the Garifuna.
The Garifuna or GarÃfuna are an ethnic group in the Caribbean area, descended from a mix of Amerindian and African people. They are also sometimes known as Garifune or Black Caribs. There are estimated to be about 200,000 of them in Central America and the United States. Properly, the term Garifuna refers to the individual and the language, while Garinagu is the (plural or collective) term for the people.
Origin of garifuna
- American Spanish Garífuna from Proto-Carib karipona Carib
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition