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  WEST INDIES - LoveToKnow Article on WEST INDIES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the west it is broad, including the whole of the Greater Antilles, but in the east it is restricted to a narrow belt which comprises the Virgin Islands (except Anegada), Anguilla, St Bartholomew, Antigua, the eastern part of Guadeloupe and part of Barbados.
Throughout the Greater Antilles the geological succession begins as a rule with volcanic tuffs and conglomerates of hornblende-andesite, andc., in the midst of which are intercalated occasional beds of limestone with Rudistes and other Cretaceous fossils.
The Greater Antilles must at this time have been almost completely submerged, and the similar deposits of Barbados and Trinidad point to a similar submergence beyond the Windward Islands.
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 Greater Antilles
The Greater Antilles are part of the West Indies which is a chain of island that starts in the Bahamas and finishes on the coast of South America with the Island of Margarita which is part of Venezuela.
The climate of the Greater Antilles is pleasant.
The Greater Antilles have experienced a common demographic history: decimation of the Amerindian population by the Spanish led to the introduction of African slaves to cultivate the sugar and coffee plantations of the European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries.
www.amyglenn.com /Geography/greater.htm   (3510 words)

 MSN Encarta - Print Preview - West Indies
The West Indies archipelago consists of four island chains: The Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the eastern and southern islands of the Lesser Antilles.
Except for Trinidad, the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles are shielded from the moist Atlantic air by the eastern islands of the Lesser Antilles and have hot, dry climates.
This is especially true on the larger islands of the Greater Antilles, where the mountains have a strong effect on weather patterns.
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 Antilles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Antilles now generally refers to the islands of the Caribbean or West Indies, except the Bahamas.
Geographically speaking the Antilles are part of North America.
Like the name "Brazil", the word "Antilles" dates from a period before the discovery of the New World, "Antilia" being one of those mysterious lands which figured on the medieval charts sometimes as an archipelago, sometimes as continuous land of greater or lesser extent, constantly fluctuating in mid-ocean between the Canaries and East India.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Antilles   (213 words)

 Greater Antilles --  Encyclopædia Britannica
They are divided into two major groups: the Greater Antilles, including Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic), Jamaica, and Puerto Rico; and the Lesser Antilles, comprising all the rest of the islands.
It flows northwestward along the north side of the Greater Antilles islands and merges with the Florida Current, which issues from the Gulf of Mexico through the Straits of Florida to form the initial portion of the Gulf Stream system.
The group of islands called the Antilles consists of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica) and the Lesser Antilles (the Leeward and Windward Islands).
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9037895?tocId=9037895   (752 words)

 Lesser Antilles
The Lesser Antilles begin east and south of the Virgin Islands and are composed of a double arc of small islands.
The Lesser Antilles have experienced a common demographic history: decimation of the Amerindian population by the Spanish led to the introduction of African slaves to cultivate the sugar and coffee plantations of the European settlers during the 17th and 18th centuries.
But there is a greater level of integration on the part of the Chinese than the Lebanese and there has been some intermixture of Chinese blood with that of Africans and Indians; many people in the Lesser Antilles bear no fewer than four different racial strains in their blood.
www.amyglenn.com /Geography/lesser.htm   (1650 words)

 85.04.04: The Geophysics And Cultural Aspects Of The Greater Antilles
The Greater Antilles is a group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea.
The Greater Antilles (West Indies) lie in tropical waters but because of the mountain areas and the brisk trade winds the climate is tempered.
The Greater Antilles is not the dynamic economic region it might have been.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1985/4/85.04.04.x.html   (5333 words)

 kwabs.com :Northern Caribbean, greater antilles
The Greater Antilles are the four largest islands of the Antilles.
The Greater Antilles are a triangular underwater mountain range including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispagnola and Puerto Rico.
The Greater Cuba island is the largest of the Greater Antilles.
www.kwabs.com /greater_antilles.html   (528 words)

 Latin American Antiquity: Comments on the mainland origins of the preceramic cultures of the Greater Antilles.@ ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Latin American Antiquity; 9/1/2003; Callaghan, Richard T. Computer simulations are used to shed light on the probable origins of the earliest Preceramic cultures of the Greater Antilles and to understand the navigation skills necessary for island colonization.
Two areas, northern South America and northern Central America, have assemblages that bear resemblance to the assemblages of the Greater Antilles, but there are important differences.
Chance discovery of the Greater Antilles is possible from three areas: northern...
www.highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:109219669&refid=ip_encyclopedia_hf   (197 words)

 Relations of Aboriginal Culture and Environment in the Lesser Antilles_Caribbean Amerindian ...
Several other islands of the Lesser Antilles have natural caves where evidences exist of former habitation by prehistoric man. The marks of human tools are not wanting on the walls of these caves, but, thus far, no efforts at systematic exploration of their floors have been made.
In almost all the Lesser Antilles the majority of aborigines had either abandoned cave life, and passed into the agricultural stage, or, as is generally the case, the two existed side by side.
In the same way, many stone objects occur only in the Lesser Antilles, and do not recur on either continent, or on any of the Greater Antilles, which limitation very naturally leads to the conclusion that they also were autochthonous and restricted in origin to the islands where they are found.
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 Wilson, IACA 1999
It is thus argued that the cultural pluralism in the Greater Antilles in the first millennium A.D. is a key factor in understanding the emergence of the Taíno chiefdoms.
The later aceramic period is not well known from the Lesser Antilles, but in the centuries before the Saladoid forays into the islands, there appears to have been contact and trade all through the islands (Veloz and Vega 1982).
My contention is that among the Taíno of the Greater Antilles there were fundamental and important ethnic differences, and that these differences arise from the Taíno's dual ancestry.
uts.cc.utexas.edu /~swilson/wilson_iaca99.html   (2773 words)

 Encyclopedia: Greater Antilles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea is a tropical body of water adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and southeast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Hispaniola (from Spanish, La Española) is the second-largest island of the Antilles, lying east of Cuba.
The Lesser Antilles are part of the Antilles, which together with the Greater Antilles form the West Indies.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Greater-Antilles   (169 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
They stayed in contact with both the Indians that moved into the Greater Antilles and those of the South American mainland, and their societies were enriched by the interactions in both directions.
Spanish chroniclers drew such a sharp contrast between the Taino or Arawaks of the Greater Antilles and the Caribs of the Lesser Antilles that for a long time the two groups were viewed as quite different, unrelated peoples.
Populations in the Greater Antilles grew rapidly, and new villages were established both on the coasts of these islands and on the river systems inland.
muweb.millersville.edu /%7Ecolumbus/data/ark/WILSON01.ARK   (2510 words)

 Untitled Document
Third, the northern Lesser Antilles arc consists of two concentric island chains that provide subaerial exposure closer to the trench and over a greater arc transverse distance than do the islands in the south.
Fourth, NE-trending structures transverse to the arc in the northern Lesser Antilles accommodate a component of arc-parallel extension.
Determining whether the leading edge of the Caribbean plate corner in the eastern Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles is composed of distinct block(s) that move relative to the Caribbean interior also will constrain seismic hazard in the northeastern Caribbean, an area that is little studied and particularly at risk for seismogenic tsunamis.
comp.uark.edu /~pjansma/research_geodyn_la.html   (695 words)

 Encyclopedia: Lesser Antilles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The islands of Bonaire and Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Saba and the southern part of Saint Martin, form the Netherlands Antilles, with the first two located off the Venezuelan coast and the latter three located in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean.
The Lesser Antilles can be divided into the Windward in the north and the Leeward Islands in the south.
However, the Netherlands Antilles are divided into the groups in the northeast and the southwest, with different naming conventions, see Netherlands Antilles.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Lesser-Antilles   (169 words)

 HealthPowerForMinorities - For Minority Health
The West Indies consist of the islands of the Caribbean Sea and can be divided into the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles.
Following is a description, from geography.about.com, of the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles.
Greater Antilles - The four largest islands in the northwestern portion of the Caribbean Sea.
healthpowerforminorities.org /specific/caribbChannel/antilles.cfm   (250 words)

 Caribbean Prehistory
Although the Lesser and Greater Antilles were home to various types of extinct Pleistocene megafauna, such as the giant ground sloth (Megaelocsus), no actual cultural artifacts have been identified for this time period 14,000 to 8,900 years ago (12,000 to 8,000 rcbp) for the Caribbean Islands.
Generally, in comparison with areas surrounding the Antilles, the Cuban material was stylistically more closely related to material from eastern Venezuela (Rouse 1970); whereas, the Hispaniola and Puerto Rican material seemed to be associated with material from Central America (Alegría et al.
While the Casimiroid was a lithic culture that migrated from west to east through the Antilles, a contemporary lithic culture, the Ortoiroid, was the result of migration of another lithic culture from northern South America, north up the Lesser Antilles to the Virgin Islands, and thence westward into Puerto Rico.
www.cr.nps.gov /seac/outline/06-carib_prehistory   (1714 words)

The Greater Antilles, comprising the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, lie in the center.
Elevations of about 2130 to 2440 m (about 7000 to 8000 ft) are common in the Greater Antilles; the highest point (3175 m/10,417 ft) is Pico Duarte in La Lomaza Mountains of the Dominican Republic.
The inner chain of the Lesser Antilles, part of a submerged volcanic ridge, consists mainly of volcanic cones, a number of which are still active.
www.ovayonda.net /lodging/country/ai.html   (408 words)

 U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1631
The rocks of St. John, which is located near the eastern end of the Greater Antilles and near the northeastern corner of the Caribbean plate, consist of Cretaceous basalt, andesite, keratophyre, their volcaniclastic and hypabyssal intrusive equivalents, and minor calcareous rocks and chert.
Subduction-related volcanism of the east-west-trending marine Greater Antilles volcanic arc began on St. John near the transition between the Early and Late Cretaceous.
Late Eocene tonalitic intrusions, part of the Greater Antilles arc magmatism, produced a contact aureole that is as much as two kilometers wide and that partly annealed the axial-plane cleavage.
pubs.usgs.gov /pp/p1631   (384 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Greater Antilles mangroves (NT1410)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Greater Antillean mangroves vary in size from scrublike vegetation found as coastal fringe to well developed stands with heights of up to 82 feet (25 m) found at the mouths of rivers.
Situated on large Caribbean islands, the Greater Antilles Mangroves ecoregion has relatively high levels of endemic wildlife, including the Cuban crocodile and several species of birds.
Among the endemic birds associated with mangroves are the Cuban green woodpecker, the Jamaican tody, and an endemic subspecies of the mangrove warbler.
www.nationalgeographic.com /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/nt/nt1410.html   (436 words)

 The Earth Times/ENVIRONMENT: Conference on Biodiversity in the Greater Antilles. By Tamar Hahn
For five days, discussions ranged from the status of knowledge of fungi in the Greater Antilles, to the biodiversity of Benthic Marine Algae and into what policies are needed in order to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the region.
The event was organized by the New York Botanical Garden, the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, the Punta Cana Resort and Club, the center for applied biodiversity science of Conservation International, the Cornell Biodiversity Laboratory at Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment.
The sense of urgency was understandable given the fact that hundreds of endemic plants and animals of the Caribbean are under threat of extinction.
www.earthtimes.org /aug/environmentconferenceaug2_01.htm   (1025 words)

 Comite Noviembre Pg 04
They traveled in canoes from island to island in the Lesser Antilles and, later, to the Greater Antilles, where they established themselves on Puerto Rico and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
They became the dominant culture of the region and lived on the large islands of the Greater Antilles: the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
By the time Columbus reached the Caribbean, the Greater Antilles were dotted with Taíno communities nestled in valleys and along the rivers and coastlines; some were inhabited by thousands of people.
www.nyboricua.com /comnovpg04.htm   (1734 words)

 +Antilles Information
The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory: The Nobel Lecture
The Antilles and Aruba, which are self-governing parts of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, include the islands of:
In Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles, drug offenses are especially brutal.
www.mindconnection.com /interests/antilles.htm   (920 words)

 ISLAND CULTURE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
They are separated into three groups: the Bahamian Archipelago; the Greater Antilles; and the Lesser Antilles.
The Lesser Antilles is separated into two small groups -the Leeward and Windward Islands.
The Greater Antilles Islands consist of large, mountainous, and mostly sedimentary islands.
www.ross.org /projects/viers/Island_Culture/main.htm   (950 words)

 The Mavens' Word of the Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These islands, subdivided into Greater and Lesser Antilles, are sometimes--but not always--known as the West Indies--in other words, the Caribbean Islands.
The Greater Antilles consist of the bigger islands: Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
The Lesser Antilles consist of all those other smaller paradises: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Montserrat, Antigua, etc. They are often further subdivided into the French Antilles and the Netherlands Antilles.
www.randomhouse.com /wotd/index.pperl?date=20010125   (573 words)

 Guide Entry 85.04.04   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The goal of my unit is to teach the student that the geography of a region often dictates the evolution of a culture.
The unit will show how the geophysical structure and location of the Greater Antilles has influenced the developing cultural patterns of the natives as well as the transplanted inhabitants with a different cultural background.
Noting that the Greater Antilles is found close to the equator will lead to the study of longitude and latitude.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/guides/1985/4/85.04.04.x.html   (406 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
By 600 A.D., probably because of the joint impulses of population pressure and trade, the Taino from Hispaniola began to colonize the islands to the north--the Bahamas.
These were the first Bahamians--the Lucayans--who at the end of October, 1492 guided Columbus through their archi- pelago, well known to them through trade and food resource exploitation, to the Greater Antilles to the south, with whose inhabitants they maintained trade and other relations.
The ceramics of the Lucayans have been classified as Palmettan Ostionoid, as they relate to the Ostionoid complex of ceramics which originated in the Greater Antilles, and of which the wares of the Lucayans represent a subseries.
muweb.millersville.edu /~columbus/data/ant/AARONS01.ANT   (1494 words)

 Geography of Puerto Rico
The Antilles is divided into two, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles.
These are the largest islands of the Antilles, Puerto Rico being the smallest of the four.
The Lesser Antilles, located east and southeast of Puerto Rico, are made up of dozens of smaller islands, just to mention a few, the Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados and Trinidad.
www.solboricua.com /geogr1.htm   (562 words)

 MSN Encarta - Search Results - Greater Antilles
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Spain and France called the islands the Antilles, named after the mythological Atlantic island...
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