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Lesser Antilles


Lesser Antilles

Map of the Caribbean islands and bordering countries.

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Definition: The Caribbean island grouping known as the Lesser Antilles consists of three smaller island groups: the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, and the Leeward Antilles.

The Windward Islands include Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.

The Leeward Islands include Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Martin/Maarten, St. Barts, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, and Dominica.

The Leeward Antilles are the so-called ABC Islands off the coast of South America -- Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.

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