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Leeward Islands Politics
Montserrat and Anguilla are separate British overseas territories. In Anguilla there were rebellions and a short-lived unilateral declaration of independence in the late 1960s, when the citizens objected to being included in the territory of St Kitts and Nevis.
French Saint Martin is an overseas possession of France, and Dutch Saint Maarten is …
Leeward Islands Weather
The Leeward Islands enjoy a tropical climate, tempered by the northeasterly trade winds. There is little seasonal variation, although the second half of the year, the wet season, is rainier and slightly warmer. The best time to travel on a Caribbean cruise is the first half of the year. Temperatures usually range between 81°F and 95°F …
Leeward Islands Cuisine
With such an ethnic melting-pot to draw on, it is not surprising that the cuisine of the Leeward Islands is rich and varied. It is influenced by native Caribbean heritage as well as African, French, Dutch, British and Asian influences. There is an emphasis on local seafood, including prawns, crab, lobster, mahi mahi, marlin and many other kinds of …
Leeward Islands Wildlife
Bats are the most common mammal encountered on the Leeward Islands. Introduced mammals include deer and the Indian mongoose. Lizards, tortoises, geckos and iguanas are the most common reptiles. Barbuda has a frigate bird sanctuary, including 5,000 frigate birds and 170 other species.
Leeward Islands Geography
The Leeward Islands are a part of the northern section of the Lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean. Anguilla (18 15N, 63 10 W) is the most northerly of the cluster, and Montserrat (16 45 N, 62 12 W) the most southerly, and they dot the surface of the ocean in an arc shape, reflecting their geological origin at the meeting point of the North …
Leeward Islands Culture
The citizens of the Leeward Islands are largely descended from the African slaves introduced in the 18th and early 19th centuries to work in the sugar cane plantations, and most islands have more than 90% of their population derived from this ethnic group. The remainder are descended from the original European plantation owners and the indentured …
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