Lesser Antilles

Trunk Bay, United States Virgin Islands
A Spanish colonial castle on Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela
View of southern tip of Dominica
Pigeon Point, Trinidad and Tobago
Beach at the Anse de Grande Saline on Saint Barthélemy, French Antilles
Los Roques archipelago, Federal Dependencies of Venezuela in the Leeward Antilles
Leeward Islands
Carriacou, Grenada
Map of the Leeward Antilles
Curaçao, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Lesser Antilles (Antillas Menores; Petites Antilles; Antias Menor; Kleine Antillen) are a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea.

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The Windward Islands are on the map's lower right, above and to the right of Venezuela

Windward Islands

The Windward Islands are on the map's lower right, above and to the right of Venezuela

The Windward Islands are the southern, generally larger islands of the Lesser Antilles.

Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Leeward Islands

The Leeward Islands are a group of islands situated where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean.

The Leeward Islands are a group of islands situated where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean.

Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Overlooking Sandy Ground, Anguilla
The Leeward Islands are labelled on the map's middle right side

In English, the term Leeward Islands refers to the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles chain.

Netherlands Antilles

Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The flat landscape of Klein Bonaire
Maps of the Netherlands Antilles, 1910s
In the 18th century, Sint Eustatius was the most important Dutch island in the Caribbean.
Willemstad
Countries and special municipalities of the Kingdom of the Netherlands that are located in the Caribbean (blue background)
Map of the European Union in the world with overseas countries and territories and outermost regions
A Bulawaya dance in Curaçao

The islands of the Netherlands Antilles are all part of the Lesser Antilles island chain.

Posthumous portrait of Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Christopher Columbus

Italian explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, opening the way for the widespread European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

Italian explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, opening the way for the widespread European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

Posthumous portrait of Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.
Christopher Columbus House in Genoa, an 18-century reconstruction of the house in which Columbus grew up. The original was likely destroyed during the 1684 bombardment of Genoa.
Columbus's copy of The Travels of Marco Polo, with his handwritten notes in Latin written on the margins
Toscanelli's notions of the geography of the Atlantic Ocean (shown superimposed on a modern map), which directly influenced Columbus's plans
"Columbus map", drawn c. 1490 in the Lisbon mapmaking workshop of Bartolomeo and Christopher Columbus
Columbus offers his services to the King of Portugal; Chodowiecki, 17th century
The Alhambra, where Columbus received permission from the Catholic Monarchs for his first voyage
The voyages of Christopher Columbus (conjectural)
First voyage (conjectural). Modern place names in black, Columbus's place names in blue
Columbus's second voyage
Third voyage
Columbus's fourth voyage
Coat of arms granted to Christopher Columbus and the House of Colon by Pope Alexander VI motu proprio in 1502
Replicas of Niña, Pinta and Santa María sailed from Spain to the Chicago Columbian Exposition in 1893
Landing of Columbus at the Island of Guanahaní, West Indies (1846), by John Vanderlyn. The landing of Columbus became a powerful icon of American genesis in the 19th century.
Discovery of America, a postage stamp from the Faroe Islands commemorates the voyages of discovery of Leif Erikson (c. 1000) and Christopher Columbus (1492)
The Columbus Monument in Columbus Circle, New York City
The remains of the pedestal base of the Columbus statue in the Baltimore inner harbor area. The statue was thrown into the harbor on 4 July 2020, as part of the George Floyd protests.

Columbus made three further voyages to the Americas, exploring the Lesser Antilles in 1493, Trinidad and the northern coast of South America in 1498, and the eastern coast of Central America in 1502.

Anguilla

British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

Wallblake House, a plantation house thought to be the oldest building in Anguilla
Flag of the short-lived Republic of Anguilla
An aerial view of the western portion of the island of Anguilla. The Blowing Point ferry terminal is visible in the lower right, as are (right to left) Shaddick Point, Rendezvous Bay, Cove Bay and Maundays Bay.
Overlooking Sandy Ground, Anguilla
The beach at the Cap Juluca resort on Maundays Bay
A modern square rigger viewed from Long Bay
Bankie Banx, noted reggae artist and poet from Anguilla who has built up an international following
The Cuban tree frog can be found on the island.
2019 export percentages

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.

Volcanic arc formation along a subducting plate

Volcanic arc

Chain of volcanoes formed above a subducting plate,

Chain of volcanoes formed above a subducting plate,

Volcanic arc formation along a subducting plate
Cascade Volcanic Arc, a continental volcanic arc
The Aleutian Arc, with both oceanic and continental parts.

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.

Map of Antigua showing the parishes

Antigua

Map of Antigua showing the parishes
Turner Beach in Antigua
Rocky shoreline near St. John's
Dickenson Bay beach, Antigua
Aerial view of Jolly Harbour on the western coast of Antigua
Slaves planting and tilling, 1823
Slaves working in the boiling house, 1823
Slaves loading barrels into a boat, 1823
St John's Cathedral, Antigua
Enlargeable, detailed map of Antigua

Antigua, also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the Lesser Antilles.

Trinidad and Tobago

Southernmost island country in the Caribbean.

Southernmost island country in the Caribbean.

Sir Walter Raleigh raiding Spanish settlement in Trinidad in 1595
A medallion showing the capture of Trinidad and Tobago by the British in 1797.
Newly arrived indentured Indian labourers in Trinidad and Tobago.
Colonial flag of Trinidad and Tobago, 1889–1958
The Queen on 1953 stamps of Trinidad and Tobago
A soldier at Waller Air Force Base, leased by Britain to America in the 1940s
A map of Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago's topography
Pitch Lake, in south-west Trinidad
Mayaro Beach, in the southeastern area of Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago is a major nesting site for Leatherback Turtles
Regional corporations and municipalities of Trinidad and Tobago
Coast Guard vessel in action
The 26-meter Hanuman murti in Carapichaima, a noted centre of Hindu and Indo-Trinidadian culture; it is the largest statue of Hanuman outside of India
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
A proportional representation of Trinidad and Tobago exports, 2019
The oil refinery at Pointe-à-Pierre
Tourists at Pigeon Point beach, Tobago
An intersection of Churchill–Roosevelt Highway and Uriah Butler Highway, 2009
The state-owned Caribbean Airlines is the largest in the region.
Divali Nagar entrance in Chaguanas; Divali Nagar is one of the largest Diwali celebration outside India
Nicki Minaj, a Trinidadian-born rapper, is now the best selling female rapper of all time.
Steelpan was invented in Trinidad.
Tassa is a percussion ensemble of Indian origin that is popular in Trinidad and Tobago.
Brian Lara batting for the West Indies against India
The coat of arms of Trinidad and Tobago
The Chaconia (Warszewiczia coccinea) is the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago

According to some geographic definitions, Trinidad and Tobago are also part of the Windward Islands and Lesser Antilles, while other definitions regard Trinidad and Tobago as a separate island group.

Nevis

Small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies.

Small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies.

A view of Nevis from the southeastern peninsula of Saint Kitts, 2005
The east coast of Nevis, partially protected by coral reefs. Long Haul Bay is seen in the foreground.
Main Street, Charlestown, Nevis
Part of the west coast of Nevis, including the location of Nelson's Spring
The view looking inland from the Nevis airport, 2008
Illustration of French slave trade in the 1876 book The 18th century: Its Institutions, Customs, and Costumes: France, 1700–1789.
Charlestown Methodist Chapel, 1802. Pro-slavery mobs set the chapel ablaze in 1797, but the building was saved.
Slave owner and sugar merchant John Pinney (1740–1818) of Mountravers Plantation.
Nevis school in 1899.
Nevis and the neighbouring Saint Kitts island.
Nevis and neighbouring Leeward Islands during the 2002 volcanic eruption in Montserrat (centre). Top to bottom, left: St. Eustatius, Saint Kitts, Nevis; right: Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe.
On the western coastal plain, looking south-southwest towards Charlestown
A hot volcanic spring-water bathing pool at the Bath Spring.
An African baobab tree by a ruin at Mountravers Estate, a former plantation that produced, on average, 110 hogsheads (about 30,000 kg) of sugar and around 7,250 impgal of rum each year.
Nevis Heritage Trail sign at Mountravers Estate.
The new seawall at Charlestown, Nevis, in 2005. Saint Kitts is seen in the background, across the channel known as "The Narrows". The house where Alexander Hamilton was born is visible in the mid-distance.
Nevis Today, a magazine published by the Nevis Island Administration, is part of the new drive to keep the population updated about investments and plans for the island.
Saint George Gingerland Parish
The Museum of Nevis History, Charlestown, housed in the restored Georgian stone building which is near the mostly wooden building where Alexander Hamilton was born.

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.

Montserrat

British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

A view of half of the coastline of Little Bay, and a glimpse of Carrs Bay, taken from partway up the headland between Little Bay and Rendezvous Bay, 2012
Parishes St. Peter (red) St. Georges (green) St. Anthony (cyan) <abbr title="abandoned and destroyed former capital city">Plymouth (◾)
Montserrat's coastline
Eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on 22 September 1997
Plymouth City (former capital and major port of Montserrat) on 12 July 1997, after pyroclastic flows burned much of what was not covered in ash
False-colour time-lapse images of the Soufrière Hills volcanic dome collapse in 2010, from NASA
Devastated Plymouth City and volcano (2003)
The MV Caribe Queen is a Nevis ferry boat which shuttles passengers between Antigua and Montserrat several times a week
A proportional representation of Montserrat exports, 2019
Montserrat from the Guadeloupe Passage
John A. Osborne Airport
The Montserrat Cultural Centre overlooking Little Bay
Surfer brothers Carrll and Gary Robilotta at Isle's Bay, Montserrat
Little Bay, the site of the new capital. The project was funded by the UK's Department for International Development.

It is part of the Leeward Islands, the northern portion of the Lesser Antilles chain of the West Indies.