Lesser Antilles

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The Lesser Antilles (Pequeñas Antillas; Petites Antilles; Antias Menor; Kleine Antillen) is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea.wikipedia
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The Lesser Antilles (Pequeñas Antillas; Petites Antilles; Antias Menor; Kleine Antillen) is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea.
It is bounded by Mexico and Central America to the west and south west, to the north by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba, to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by the north coast of South America.

Caribbean

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Together, the Lesser Antilles and the Greater Antilles compose the Antilles (or the Caribbean in its narrowest definition).
Island arcs delineate the eastern and northern edges of the Caribbean Sea: The Greater Antilles and the Lucayan Archipelago on the north and the Lesser Antilles and the on the south and east (which includes the Leeward Antilles).

West Indies

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When combined with the Lucayan Archipelago, all three are known as the West Indies.
The West Indies is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean that includes the island countries and surrounding waters of three major archipelagos: the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Lucayan Archipelago.

Antilles

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Together, the Lesser Antilles and the Greater Antilles compose the Antilles (or the Caribbean in its narrowest definition).
The Antillean islands are divided into two smaller groupings: the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles.

Windward Islands

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The islands of the Lesser Antilles are divided into three groups: the Windward Islands in the south, the Leeward Islands in the north, and the Leeward Antilles in the west.
The Windward Islands, also known as the Islands of Barlovento, are the southern, generally larger islands of the Lesser Antilles, within the West Indies.

Leeward Islands

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The islands of the Lesser Antilles are divided into three groups: the Windward Islands in the south, the Leeward Islands in the north, and the Leeward Antilles in the west.
In English, the term Leeward Islands refers to the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles chain.

Leeward Antilles

The islands of the Lesser Antilles are divided into three groups: the Windward Islands in the south, the Leeward Islands in the north, and the Leeward Antilles in the west.
The Leeward Antilles (Benedenwindse Eilanden) are a chain of islands in the Caribbean – specifically, the southerly islands of the Lesser Antilles (and, in turn, the Antilles and the West Indies) along the southeastern fringe of the Caribbean Sea, just north of the Venezuelan coast of the South American mainland.

Greater Antilles

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Most form a long, partly volcanic island arc between the Greater Antilles to the north-west and the continent of South America.
Geologically, the Virgin Islands and Sombrero Island are also part of the Greater Antilles, though politically they are considered part of the Lesser Antilles.

Sombrero, Anguilla

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The Virgin Islands and Sombrero Island are geologically part of the Greater Antilles, while Trinidad is part of South America and Tobago is the remainder of a separate island arc. The Leeward Antilles are also a separate island arc, which is accreting to South America.
Sombrero, also known as Hat Island, is part of the British overseas territory of Anguilla and is the northernmost island of the Lesser Antilles.

Barbados

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Barbados ( or ) is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America.

Dominica

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It is geographically situated a part of the Leeward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.

Volcanic arc

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Most form a long, partly volcanic island arc between the Greater Antilles to the north-west and the continent of South America.
Two classic examples of oceanic island arcs are the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean and the Lesser Antilles in the western Atlantic Ocean.

St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda

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St. John's is one of the most developed and cosmopolitan municipalities in the Lesser Antilles.

Nevis

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Nevis is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua.

Saint Lucia

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Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.

Lesser Antilles subduction zone

Many of the islands were formed as a result of the subduction of oceanic crust of the Atlantic Plate under the Caribbean Plate in the Lesser Antilles subduction zone.
The Lesser Antilles subduction zone is a convergent plate boundary on the seafloor along the eastern margin of the Lesser Antilles island arc.

Basseterre

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Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.

Aruba

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Aruba is an island and a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the southern Caribbean Sea, located about 1000 km west of the main part of the Lesser Antilles and 29 km north of the coast of Venezuela.

ABC islands (Lesser Antilles)

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The Leeward Antilles consist of the Dutch ABC islands just off the coast of Venezuela, plus a group of Venezuelan islands.
The ABC islands are part of the Leeward Antilles, which is the westernmost area of the Lesser Antilles.

Netherlands

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The Lesser Antilles are divided into eight independent nations and numerous dependent and non-sovereign states (which are politically associated with the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and the United States).
The islands are part of the Lesser Antilles and have land and maritime borders with France (Saint Martin), maritime borders with France (Saint Barthélemy), the United Kingdom (Anguilla), Venezuela, Saint Kitts and Nevis and the United States (U.S. Virgin Islands).

Anguilla

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It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin.

Curaçao

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Curaçao (, ; Kòrsou ) is a Lesser Antilles island in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, about 65 km north of the Venezuelan coast.

British Virgin Islands

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The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles and part of the West Indies.

Martinique

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Martinique (, ; Martinican Creole: Matnik or Matinik) is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1128 km2 and a population of 376,480 inhabitants as of January 2016.

Basse-Terre

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Basse-Terre is a French commune in the Guadaloupe department of France in the Lesser Antilles.