COLOMBIA: No School Today

The Colombian islands of San Andrés and Providencia, two palm-shaded dots in the Caribbean off Nicaragua, are predominantly Protestant, partly through ancient precedent. They were first colonized by English Puritans about the same time other Puritans were landing on Plymouth Rock. Though the original colonists died out and the islands were later resettled with African slaves from the West Indies, the heritage of tongue and religion somehow endured. The 6,000-odd black-skinned, English-speaking islanders who live there now are 80% Baptist, 15% Seventh-Day Adventist, 5% Roman Catholic. Their pride and joy are their schools; literacy is 100%, compared to...

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