Lesser Antilles

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Lesser Antilles:

see West IndiesWest Indies,
archipelago, between North and South America, curving c.2,500 mi (4,020 km) from Florida to the coast of Venezuela and separating the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean.
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Lesser Antilles


a group of mostly small islands (area, approximately 14,000 sq km), framing the Caribbean Sea (West Indies) from the east and southeast; part of the Antilles Islands. The group includes the Virgin Islands, the Lesser Antilles proper (Windward Islands), the Leeward Islands, a number of islands off the north coast of South America, Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago.

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In terms of the Lesser Antillean Flora, some 2652 seed plant taxa have been recorded for this grouping with 263 taxa considered endemic to the Lesser Antilles (Acevedo-Rodriguez & Strong, 2012, 2016).
Since 1946, these French colonies--scattered from the Lesser Antilles to the South American mainland--have been fully French soil, sending representatives to the National Assembly in Paris, voting in elections, holding EU passports, and using the Euro.
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Born in 1938 on the southwest coast of France, Caribbean writer Simone Schwarz-Bart spent her childhood in Guadeloupe, an island in the Lesser Antilles.
These studies have been limited to Puerto Rico [2-5], the Dominican Republic [67], Cuba [8], and Grand Cayman [9] in the Greater Antilles, and Curacao [1], Los Testigos [1], Saint Lucia [10], Dominica [11] and Barbados [12] in the Lesser Antilles.
A number of strong eddies circulating in the Caribbean Sea the area bounded by the Greater and Lesser Antilles, the north coast of Colombia, and the Central American coast give the impression of little long-distance movement in this area.
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Like most of the islands in the Lesser Antilles, the beautiful hilly St.
The Lesser Antilles date back to about 45my, while portions of the Greater Antilles (e.
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