a seaport in and the capital of Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies.
See under Guadeloupe.
two islands (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) separated by a narrow channel in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies: together with five dependencies they form an overseas department of France. 687 sq. mi. (1179 sq. km).
Capital: Basse-Terre.
Historical Examples

Basse-Terre is supremely beautiful, its cloud-capped mountains being clothed with a mantle of luxuriant vegetation.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6 Various

a mountainous island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, comprising part of Guadeloupe. Area: 848 sq km (327 sq miles)
a port in W Guadeloupe, on Basse-Terre Island: the capital of the French Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. Pop: 12 410 (1999)
an overseas region of France in the E Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, formed by the islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre and several offlying islands; in 2007 the island of Saint-Barthélemy and the part-island dependency of Saint-Martin were separated from Guadeloupe to become Overseas Collectivities directly subordinate to France. Capital: Basse-Terre. Pop: 405 500 (2007 est). Area: 1780 sq km (687 sq miles)
Guadeloupe [(gwahd-l-oohp, gwahd-l-oohp)]

Island in the eastern portion of the West Indies; an overseas territory of France.

Note: Tourism is a major industry.


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