Windward Islands


Windward Islands
a group of islands in the SE West Indies, consisting of the S part of the Lesser Antilles: includes British, French, and independent territories.

* * *

Island group, Lesser Antilles, West Indies.

Located at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea, they include Dominica (sometimes classified as part of the Leeward Islands), Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, and the chain of small islands known as the Grenadines. Though near the general area, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados are usually not considered part of the group.

* * *

▪ islands, Cape Verde
Portuguese  Ilhas De Barlavento,  

      island group in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African coast, comprising one of two island groups of Cape Verde (q.v.) and consisting of the following islands: Boa Vista, Sal, Santa Luzia, Santo Antão, São Nicolau, and São Vicente. The landscape is generally barren and the climate always hot. The Windward Islands suffer from constant drought due to poor rainfall.

▪ islands, West Indies
French  Îles du Vent , Spanish  Islas de Barlovento 

      a line of West Indian islands constituting the southern arc of the Lesser Antilles, at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea, between latitudes 12° and 16° N and longitudes 60° and 62° W. They include, from north to south, the English-speaking island of Dominica; the French département of Martinique; the English-speaking islands of Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Grenada; and, between Saint Vincent and Grenada, the chain of small islands known as the Grenadines. Though near the general area, Trinidad and Tobago (at the south end of the group) and Barbados (just east) are usually not considered part of the Windward Islands. Dominica was formerly administered by the British government as part of the Leeward Islands, rather than the Windwards.

      The geology of the Windwards is volcanic, with craters, hot springs, and sulfuric vents found in the mountainous central ribs of the islands. On May 8, 1902, the eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique was one of the most destructive in modern history, killing about 30,000 people. The climate of the Windwards is marine, and the extreme heat is greatly tempered by the steady trade winds and daily sea breezes. A dry season alternates with a wet season, with the eastern sides of the islands receiving more rainfall because of the prevailing northeasterly trade winds. Hurricanes are a threat from June to October.

      The population is predominantly black or of mixed ethnicity, with an admixture of East Indians, Chinese, Portuguese, French, and British.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • WINDWARD ISLANDS — Îles anglophones situées entre la Guadeloupe et Tobago, les Windward, d’origine volcanique, sont très humides et menacées par les cyclones; elles ont toutes accédé à l’indépendance après avoir été sous souveraineté britannique. Leur pauvreté… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Windward Islands — Windward Is|lands the Windward Islands a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea, which includes Martinique, Grenada and St Lucia …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Windward Islands — S group of islands in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, extending from the Leeward Islands south to Trinidad: they do not include Barbados, Trinidad, & Tobago …   English World dictionary

  • Windward Islands — ist der englische Begriff für der Windrichtung zugewandte Inseln, siehe Inseln über dem Winde eine Inselgruppe, die Teil der Inseln über dem Winde (Antillen) ist Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidu …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Windward Islands — Windward Islands, bei den Engländern u. Nordamerikanern ein Theil der Caraibischen Inseln, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Windward Islands — (spr. ailänds, »Inseln im Winde«), s. Antillen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Windward Islands — (spr. eiländs), Windwardinseln, s. Antillen und Beilage: ⇒ Nordamerika; auch Name der Inseln unter dem Winde, einer Gruppe der Gesellschaftsinseln …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Windward Islands —   [ wɪndwəd aɪləndz, englisch], Westindische Inseln.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Windward Islands — This article is about the Caribbean island group. For the eastern Society Islands in French Polynesia, see Windward Islands (Society Islands). The southeastern Hawaiian Islands are also occasionally referred to as the Windward Islands .The… …   Wikipedia

  • Windward Islands — geographical name 1. islands West Indies in the S Lesser Antilles extending S from Martinique but not including Barbados, Tobago, or Trinidad 2. former colony British West Indies comprising territories of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, & Grenada in the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.