Carib Indians were an indigenous group that originated in the West Indies and the Northern part of South America. They are the group from which the Caribbean gets its name.
In 1200 CE, the Carib Indians arrived in the Caribbean from South America, and over a span of about 100 years they became the most dominant people in the Caribbean.
Although small groups of Carib Indians still exist today in countries like Belize and the Dominican Republic, when the Europeans first came to the region in the 15th century they displaced large numbers of them. Most of the deaths suffered by the Carib Indians were due to diseases which colonizers brought with them from Europe.