The Windward Islands

The Windward Islands

by Tamra B. Orr, James D. Henderson
     
 

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Stretching for more than 300 miles around the southeastern end of the Caribbean Sea, from the Leeward Islands toward the northern coast of South America, the Windward Islands boast modern resort communities and warm, sunny beaches. Five countries comprise the island group: the independent nations of Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and

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Stretching for more than 300 miles around the southeastern end of the Caribbean Sea, from the Leeward Islands toward the northern coast of South America, the Windward Islands boast modern resort communities and warm, sunny beaches. Five countries comprise the island group: the independent nations of Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and the French dependency of Martinique. Settled by Europeans in the early 1600s, the islands (except France's Martinique) became British colonies that did not gain independence until the 1970s. While tourism remains an important industry in the Windward Islands, agricultural exports including bananas, nutmeg, and fruits and vegetables also help foster the economy.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Each of these excellent overviews includes a history of the region, as well as information on the people, flora, fauna, agricultural and other economic products, culture, and major cities. Readers are made aware of the similarities due to geographic location, but the unique characteristics of each island are the major emphasis here. The authors' readable styles will capture children's interest as they discover three-foot-long iguanas and cockroaches with antennae that protrude four inches. The books are illustrated with full-color photographs and include quick-facts inserts, easy-to-prepare recipes, helpful glossaries, and useful project and report ideas.-Dorothy N. Bowen, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590843055
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Discovering the Caribbean Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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