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About Man Betta Man, Fission and Fusion, and Creole, Calypso and Cultural Survival in the Virgin Islands

Here and there, scattered over the thin topsoil of these mountaintops in the Caribbean Sea that we call the Virgin Islands is a thistly weed known to locals by the name "Man Betta Man." Its name is a riddle to all, one that is mirrored in the sharp contrast between the limited land mass that geographically defines the Virgin Islands and the cultural complexity and diversity characteristic of the Islands' historical and current population.

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