a part of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by Central America, the West Indies, and South America. About 750,000 sq. mi. (1,943,000 sq. km); greatest known depth 22,788 feet (6946 meters).
an almost landlocked sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by the Caribbean islands, Central America, and the N coast of South America. Area: 2 718 200 sq km (1 049 500 sq miles)

Arm of the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by the West Indies to the north and east, South America to the south, and Central America to the west.

Note: Its clear blue waters make many of its islands popular vacation spots.

Note: Since announcing the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, the United States has considered the Caribbean within its “sphere of influence” — that is, a region where United States interests are directly affected. The policy has been to exclude foreign powers, though after 1959, Cuba came under strong influence of the Soviet Union.


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