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Location of the Lesser Antilles (green) in relation to the rest of the Caribbean
Location of the Lesser Antilles (green) in relation to the rest of the Caribbean
Islands of the Lesser Antilles
Islands of the Lesser Antilles

The Lesser Antilles, also known as the Caribbees,[1] are part of the Antilles, which together with the Bahamas and Greater Antilles form the West Indies. The islands are part of a long volcanic island arc, most of which wraps around the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea on the western boundary with the Atlantic Ocean, and some of which lies on the southern fringe of the sea just north of South America. The Lesser Antilles more or less coincide with the outer edge of the Caribbean Plate, and many of the islands were formed by subduction, as one or more other plates slipped under the Caribbean Plate. Image File history File links LocationLesserAntilles. ... Image File history File links LocationLesserAntilles. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (700x700, 208 KB)Self modified from https://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (700x700, 208 KB)Self modified from https://www. ... The Antilles (the same in French; Antillas in Spanish; Antillen in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. ... [--168. ... Location of the Greater Antilles (green) in relation to the rest of the Caribbean The islands of the Caribbean Sea, collectively known as the West Indies are sorted by size and location into the Bahamas (or Lucayan archipelago), the Lesser Antilles and the Greater Antilles. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Mariana Islands, an oceanic island arc Cascade Volcanic Arc, a continental volcanic arc A volcanic arc is a chain of volcanic islands or mountains formed by plate tectonics as an oceanic tectonic plate subducts under another tectonic plate and produces magma. ... An island arc is a type of archipelago formed by plate tectonics as one oceanic tectonic plate subducts under another and produces magma. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea (pronounced or ) is a tropical sea in the Western Hemisphere, part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Detail of tectonic plates from: Tectonic plates of the world. ... Geometry of a subduction zone - insets to show accretionary prism and partial melting of hydrated asthenosphere. ...


Regional terminology

The two main groups of the Lesser Antilles are the Windward Islands in the south and the Leeward Islands in the north. The Windward Islands are called such because they were more windward to sailing ships arriving in the New World than the Leeward Islands, given that the prevailing trade winds blow northeast to southwest. The trans-Atlantic currents and winds that provided the fastest route across the ocean brought these ships to the rough dividing line between the Windward and Leeward Islands. Another group of the Lesser Antilles, is the Leeward Antilles which are found just north of Venezuela. The Netherlands Antilles are divided into two groups, one in the southwest (Leeward Antilles) off the coast of Venezuela and one in northeast (Leeward Islands), although it uses different naming conventions locally, with the southwest grouping being known as the Leeward Islands and northeast group being known as the Windward Islands. The Windward Islands are the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles. ... The Leeward Islands are the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles. ... The Leeward Antilles are a chain of islands in the Caribbean – specifically, the southerly islands of the Lesser Antilles (and, in turn, the West Indies) along the southeastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea, just north of the Venezuelan coast of the South American mainland. ...


Islands

The main Lesser Antilles are (from north to south to west):


Leeward Islands: The Leeward Islands are the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles. ...

Windward Islands: The United States Virgin Islands is a group of islands in the Caribbean that is a dependency of the United States. ... Saint Thomas is an island in the Caribbean Sea and a constituent of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). ... Saint John is the smallest of the three main United States Virgin Islands (USVI), a United States territory. ... A separate article treats the several rivers known as the St. ... Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands which form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. ... Virgin Gorda is the second-largest of the British Virgin Islands Virgin Gorda is the third-largest of the British Virgin Islands. ... Unlike the other British Virgin Islands, Anegada is a flat atoll. ... At roughly 8 square kilometers, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, the northern portion of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. ... St. ... Anthem For Sweden - The Land of The Incredible Biffs Capital (and largest city) Gustavia Official languages Swedish Government  -  Prime Minister of Sweden Nick XII Bonaparte  -  Prefect Per af Biffsläkt  -  President of the Territorial Council none yet; however Henning is the mayor of Saint-Barthelemy Overseas Collectivity of Sweden   -  Swedish... Motto Remis Velisque (Latin) With oars and sails (English) Anthem Saba you rise from the ocean Capital The Bottom Largest city The Bottom Official languages Dutch, Papiamento and English (unofficial) Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  -  Saba Administrator A.J.M. Solagnier  -  Governor of N.A. Frits Goedgedrag Constitutional... Map showing location of Sint Eustatius relative to Saba and Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. ... Country Saint Kitts and Nevis Archipelago Leeward Islands Region Caribbean Area 65 sq. ... For other uses, see Nevis (disambiguation). ... Barbuda is an island in the Antigua and Barbuda. ... Redonda is an uninhabited island dependency of Antigua and Barbuda. ... Guadeloupe, with La Désirade in the northeast La Désirade is an island in the French département doutre-mer Guadeloupe. ... The ÃŽles des Saintes are a group of islands within the French Département doutre-mer Guadeloupe. ... Marie-Galante, an island of the Caribbean Sea in the Guadeloupe archipelago of the French West Indies, and as part of the Guadeloupe Département doutre-mer, is a constitutional part of France. ... The Windward Islands are the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles. ...

Trinidad and Tobago (sometimes erroneously considered part of the windward islands)[1][2] The Grenadines are a Caribbean island chain of over 600 islands in the Windward Islands. ...


Leeward Antilles – islands north of the Venezuelan coast (from west to east): The Leeward Antilles are a chain of islands in the Caribbean – specifically, the southerly islands of the Lesser Antilles (and, in turn, the West Indies) along the southeastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea, just north of the Venezuelan coast of the South American mainland. ...

For other uses, see Curaçao (disambiguation). ... Anthem: Tera di Solo y suave biento Capital (and largest city) Kralendijk Official languages Dutch Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  - Bonaire Administrator  - Governor of N.A. Frits Goedgedrag Constitutional monarchy part of the Netherlands Antilles  Area  - Total 288 km² 111 sq mi  Population  - 2001 census 10,791  - Density... The Federal Dependencies of Venezuela encompass all of Venezuelas off shore islands in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Venezuela. ...

References

  1. ^ a b "West Indies." Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed. 2001. (ISBN 0-87779-546-0) Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., p. 1298.
  2. ^ Cohen, Saul B., ed. "West Indies" The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. New York: Columbia University Press – Bartleby. Accessed: 19 September 2006
  • Rogonzinski, Jan. A Brief History of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File, 1992.

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Lesser Antilles (1650 words)
The Lesser Antilles consist of hundreds of tiny islands, islets and cays found primarily along the eastern rim of the Caribbean.
The Lesser Antilles begin east and south of the Virgin Islands and are composed of a double arc of small islands.
The Lesser Antilles have experienced a common demographic history: decimation of the Amerindian population by the Spanish led to the introduction of African slaves to cultivate the sugar and coffee plantations of the European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Lesser Antilles: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (406 words)
The Lesser Antilles are part of the Antilles, which together with the Bahamas and Greater Antilles form the West Indies.
The Lesser Antilles more or less coincide with the outer edge of the Caribbean Plate, and many of the islands were formed by subduction, as one or more other plates slipped under the Caribbean Plate.
The Lesser Antilles can be divided into the Windward Islands in the south and the Leeward Islands in the north.
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