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    What does this word actually mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O.N.Y
    What does this word actually mean?
    The word "Cocolo" refers to those English-speaking immigrants from the Eastern Caribbean who came to the DR in the '30s, '40s, and '50s to cut sugar cane. "Cocolo" is actually a Spanish bastardization of the word "Tortola," an island in the British Virgin Islands from which many of the "Cocolos" came.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O.N.Y
    What does this word actually mean?
    In the city & mainly up in the heights (wash. hgts) - this is usually a reference to someone who is really dark.

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    Default Cocolo = Tortola

    This is an urban legend, and like all urban legends it's cute and meaningful. However, when the English-speaking immigrants of the Easter Caribbean started arriving in the DR, around the turn of the 1900s, Tortola was practically uninhabited, which suggest most 'Cocolos' came from other Caribbean islands but Tortola.



    The word "Cocolo" refers to those English-speaking immigrants from the Eastern Caribbean who came to the DR in the '30s, '40s, and '50s to cut sugar cane. "Cocolo" is actually a Spanish bastardization of the word "Tortola," an island in the British Virgin Islands from which many of the "Cocolos" came.

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    Default ”Ojo!

    Apart from the origin of word which has been given in my esteem it can be considered offensive. Definitely not a word that I would use. As well, this term is common in the Spanish Caribbean.



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    Default Ojo!

    You're right! it's all in the eye (ojo) of the beholder. It so happens that many Dominicans (because of their darker skin color) would rather say they are 'Cocolo' (English-speaking Eastern Caribbean origin) than Haitian, for obvious reasons.

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    The Cocolos stablished in San Pedro de Macoris and Samanį.

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    The word isnt only used by Dominicans ,PRs and Cubans use the word alot too.Its used to describe African Americans in the states and descendants of black English speaking cane workers in DR ,PR ,and Cuba .As for the origin of the word ,i dont know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O.N.Y
    What does this word actually mean?
    Colo Colo. One of the good football teams in Chile. Never heard the word other than in Football (Soccer)

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    Default Basically

    the term "cocolo" is used to refer to (a) a person of obvious dark color who probably has an English last name-Phipps and James, for example. (b) a culture that brought to the eastern part of the Dominican Republic traditions and culture from the Eastern Caribbern, including food, music and dress.

    I have not heard it used in any disrespective way. In fact, it is generally used rather nicely, in that it carries some prestige, since the bearer knows English or is foreign born or descended. Curious, huh?

    They were imported here to work in the cane fields because the sugar mills were owned and operated by English speaking people. And there is a definate distinction between the "samanenses" and the "cocolos" ...

    Just 58.5 cheles worth or 2¢!!!!

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