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Known in the past as the “island of the beautiful waters“, it is formed by two islands (Basse-Terre at west and Grande-Terre at east) divided by a strait (Rivière Salée).

Its shape recall the wings of a butterfly.

It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the same day of Saint Martin and it bears the name of a Spanish monastery.

The Spanish were replaced by French that in the 1947 raised the colony to Department.

The population is composed by white and mulattoes people. The white are the 8%.

The classic cultivation of sugarcane and tropical fruit left the place to the tourism.

Grand-Terre is composed by a big chalky basement and the most important economic centre is Pointe-à-Pitre, a lively and very distinctive harbour.

The karst landscape boasts imposing sheer cliffs with impressive and magnificent views (Porte d’Enfer!).

Basse Terre hosts the volcano Soufrière (1467 mt).

The Carbet Falls and the rich tropical greenery belong to a landscape quite different from the previous one.

Christopher Columbus landed in the south of the island.

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