"no other name than Caribs; from whence I easily understood, that these were the Caribbees"
Carib Family, 1818
Public DomainCarib Family, 1818 - Credit: John Gabriel Stedman
The Caribs are Amerindians of the Caribbean islands, who were commonly associated with cannibalism during Defoe's time.  In fact the word "cannibal" is said to derive from "Carib".  Columbus, disembarking on Guadaloupe, recorded "Limbs of human bodies hung up in houses as if curing for provisions".

Caribs have largely been displaced in the West Indies by people of European and African origin.  A few survive on islands such as Dominica, but the Carib language is thought to be extinct.