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State

Capital

Guadeloupe*

Pointe a Pitre

Currency unit

euro

Connections

East Caribbean

EU

France

Francophonie

Martinique
St Martin/St Maartin

 Politics

 Economics

 Green

 Rights

History

French overseas territory (colony)

One of the French West Indies. Visited by Columbus in 1493. It was inhabited by Caribs. Settled by French in 1635. The island was occupied by the British 1810-16. Capital Basse-Terre. A dependency is the French part of St Martin in the Netherlands Antilles, another is St Barthelemy. There is an independence movement but the French intend to keep the island as it is.

Languages

French

Patois

 History

 Economics

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 Rights

Politics

French colonial administration with local government (French Overseas territory with representatives in the French National Assembly). There is a movement supporting independence. Will they get it?

 History

 Politics

 Green

 Rights

Economics

European subsidies

 History

 Politics

 Economics

 Rights

Green/Ecology

Because the island is within the European Union it would be a good site for climate change projects, such as OTEC.

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 Economics

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Human Rights

Last revised 25/05/07


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