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Greater Antilles
Grandes Antilles (French)
Antillas Mayores (Spanish)
Region of the Caribbean
Location within the Caribbean.
Location within the Caribbean.
Region Flag of CARICOM.svg Caribbean
Island States
Area
 • Total 207,435 km2 (80,069 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 37,582,088
 • Density 169.05/km2 (437.8/sq mi)
Demonym Greater Antillean
Time zones EST: UTC-5/EDT: UTC-4
AST: UTC-4/ADT: UTC-3

The Greater Antilles are one of the island groups in the Caribbean Sea. Comprising the islands of Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Hispaniola (containing the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Puerto Rico, and Jamaica, the Greater Antilles constitute over 94% of the land mass of the entire West Indies,[1] as well as over 90% of its population. The other island group in the archipelago is the Lesser Antilles, a chain of islands to the east (running north-south and encompassing the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea where it meets the Atlantic Ocean) and south (running east-west off the northern coast of South America).

The word Antilles originated in the period before the European conquest of the New World - Europeans used the term Antilia as one of the mysterious lands featured on medieval charts, sometimes as an archipelago, sometimes as continuous land of greater or lesser extent, its location fluctuating in mid-ocean between the Canary Islands and India.

Countries[edit]

Country with flag Area
(km²)
Population
(1 July 2005 est.)
Population density
(per km²)
Capital
Cuba Cuba 110,860 11,346,670 102.4 Havana
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands (UK) 264 54,878 207.9 George Town
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 48,730 8,950,034 183.7 Santo Domingo
Haiti Haiti 27,750 8,121,622 292.7 Port-au-Prince
Jamaica Jamaica 10,991 2,731,832 248.6 Kingston
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (USA) 9,104 3,916,632 430.2 San Juan
Total 207,435 35,066,790 169.05

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Rogozinski, Jan. A Brief History of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File, 1992.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 21°59′N 79°02′W / 21.983°N 79.033°W / 21.983; -79.033


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Charlotte Observer
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:52:30 -0700

The area she will help explore is a fault line where tectonic plates meet, the Greater Antilles-Lesser Antilles Transitional Zone, part of what caused the massive earthquake in Haiti. Researchers will also look for indicators of trouble. For example ...

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Washington Post (blog)
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:32:40 -0700

Many other models agree, though they differ in the amount of time spent over the islands of the Greater Antilles. Forecast tracks from three global models and four regional hurricane models. (U.Albany). Below is an uncanny forecast from GFS valid on ...
 
Tallahassee.com
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Haiti is the most populous member state of the Caribbean Community and the poorest country in the Americas according to the Human Development Index. It occupies the western part of the island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Greater ...

WLTX.com

WLTX.com
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:11 -0700

The system may be impacted by interactions with the Greater Antilles. Intensity forecasts are a bit uncertain this far out, but it is likely to be at least a tropical storm. News19 Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy says that "the models have the system re ...
 
Wunderground.com (blog)
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and tropical storm force wind gusts will likely overspread portions of the Lesser Antilles during the next day or so before spreading toward the Greater Antilles. A reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to ...
 
San Jose Mercury News
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:30:18 -0700

(e.g., In which country is the Yucatan Peninsula? Answer: Mexico.) Freshman Level. 1. The Crimean Peninsula is located on which sea? 2. Where is "pillow lava" characteristically formed? 3. In which body of water are the Greater Antilles? Graduate Level. 4.

FOX 4

WZVN-TV
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0700

It continues to produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall in part of the Greater Antilles. Another Hurricane Hunter aircraft visited the disturbance on Friday. The hunters again found a poorly defined center. Despite the disorganization, the system is ...

FOX 4

FOX 4
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:26:15 -0700

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Invest 94L is a tropical low located about 500 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands; it has a limited area of showers and thunderstorm activity. It is moving westerly at 15-20 mph through an area of dry, stable air which ...
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