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Basse-Terre

[bahs-tair; French bahs-ter] /bɑsˈtɛər; French bɑsˈtɛr/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies.
2.
See under Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe

[gwahd-l-oop] /ˌgwɑd lˈup/
noun
1.
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.
Can be confused
Guadalupe (River) Guadeloupe.
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British Dictionary definitions for Basse-Terre

Basse-Terre

/ˈbæsˈtɛə; French bɑstɛr/
noun
1.
a mountainous island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, comprising part of Guadeloupe. Area: 848 sq km (327 sq miles)
2.
a port in W Guadeloupe, on Basse-Terre Island: the capital of the French Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. Pop: 12 410 (1999)

Guadeloupe

/ˌɡwɑːdəˈluːp/
noun
1.
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)
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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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Encyclopedia Article for Basse-Terre

island in the eastern Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Along with Grande-Terre, its twin to the east, the islands constitute the core of the French overseas departement of Guadeloupe. The two islands are separated by a narrow channel called the Salee River. The island is the site of Guadeloupe's administrative capital, the town of Basse-Terre, on the southwest coast. Basse-Terre is mountainous and volcanic, although the east coast is somewhat flatter than the rest of the island. It receives more precipitation than Grande-Terre, and vegetation is lush. A tropical forest covering about 66 square miles (170 square km) was designated a French national park, the National Park of Guadeloupe, in 1989. The active volcano Soufriere is located within the park, in the island's southern interior. Area 325 square miles (842 square km). Pop. (1999) 172,693.

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