Guadeloupe

By: Daymian Frazier

The capital of Guadeloupe is...

Basse-Terre

Where it's located

Slovenia is located in the Caribbean islands, in eastern Caribbean Sea. It's also southeast of Puerto Rico. The longitude and latitude of Guadeloupe is 16.3 degrees north and 61.6 degrees west.

Physical Features

Basse-Terre is lush, with dense forested areas. It's dominated by a single (still-active) volcano, La Soufriere. It stands at 4,687 ft. (1,484m). Grande-Terre is mostly a flat limestone-base island, with a few coastal mangrove swamps north of Point-a-Pitre. The other smaller islands are hilly and volcanic in origin. A few small rivers (streams) drain Basse-Terre

Four Major Cites

The four major cites in Guadeloupe is Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault, Le Gosier, and Sainte Anna.

Guadeloupe Official Flag

Guadeloupe is an overseas department of France, and therefore flies the flag of France. The French national flag consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the country's national colors: blue, white and red. The blue band is positioned nearest the flagstaff, the white in the middle, and the red on the outside.

Brief History of the Guadeloupe Flag

This is the unofficial flag. The local flag is based upon the arms of the city of Pointe-a-Pitre; the field is divided horizontally with a narrow, blue stripe along the top edge charged with three gold fleurs-de-lis; the wider, lower portion of the field is black and charged with green sugar cane leaves - representing one of Guadeloupe's main crops - surmounted by a gold radiant sun representing the tropical climate; the only official flag is the national flag of France.

Who controlled Guadeloupe?

France controlled Guadeloupe, and it never gained independence because its a oversea department. The official language of Guadeloupe is French.

Currency Type...

It is thus part of the European Union and the Eurozone; as for many Eurozone countries, its currency is the euro. As an overseas department, Guadeloupe is not part of the Schengen Area. The prefecture (regional capital) of Guadeloupe is the city of Basse-Terre, which lies on the island of the same name. Also the Econmic system is capitalism.

Government Type...

Republic and Guadeloupe's current leader is Jacques Cillot.

Why should people come to Guadeloupe...

Guadeloupe is dotted with ancient forts - remnants of a colonial tugs of war between the French and British. Jardin Botanique de Deshaies is a 12-acre park with more than 200 species of plants and trees, orchids, fish, lily ponds and flamingos.

What should tourists see and do in Guadeloupe...