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Basse-Terre(bäs-tĕr`), town (1999 pop. 12,410), on Basse-Terre Island, capital of GuadeloupeGuadeloupe
, overseas department and administrative region of France (2005 est. pop. 449,000), 687 sq mi (1,779 sq km), in the Leeward Islands, West Indies. The department comprises the neighboring islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre (Guadeloupe proper) as well as
..... Click the link for more information. , a French overseas department in the West Indies. Basse-Terre is a port that ships the products of the surrounding agricultural area. Founded by the French in 1643, it retains its French colonial atmosphere, but its commercial prosperity passed to Pointe-à-Pitre in the late 18th cent. The evacution of more than 70,000 in 1976 due to the eruption of SoufrièreSoufrière
, active volcano, 4,813 ft (1,467 m) high, on Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean Sea. Called also La Grande Soufrière, it is the highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles. The volcano erupted in 1976 with no loss of life, as the area had been safely evacuated.
..... Click the link for more information. caused a permanent drop in the town's and island's population. Both subsequently have suffered from a series of hurricanes; the town suffered especially significant damage in 1979.
1. a mountainous island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, comprising part of Guadeloupe. Area: 848 sq. km (327 sq. miles)
2. a port in W Guadeloupe, on Basse-Terre Island: the capital of the French Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. Pop.: 12 410 (1999)