The Antilles (the same in French; "Antillas" in Spanish; "Antillen" in Dutch) refers to the islands forming the greater part of the West Indies in the
Caribbean Sea. The Antilles are divided into two major groups: the " Greater Antilles" to the north including the larger islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola( Haitiand the Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico; and the smaller " Lesser Antilles" on the southeast—comprising the northerly Leeward Islands, the southeasterly Windward Islands, and the Leeward Antillesjust north of Venezuela. The Bahamas, though part of the West Indies, are generally not included among the Antillean islands. [ Some sources, such as Encarta in Spanish, consider the Bahamas part of the Antilles. [http://es.encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761555176/Antillas.html] es icon ]
In terms of
geology, the Greater Antilles are made up of continental rock, as distinct from the Lesser Antilles, which are mostly young volcanic or coralislands.
The word "Antilles" originated in the period before the European conquest 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, its location fluctuating in mid-ocean between the Canary Islandsand India.
1492arrival of Christopher Columbus's expedition in what was later called the West Indies, the European powers realized that the dispersed lands comprised an extensive archipelago enclosing the Caribbean Seaand the Gulf of Mexico. Thereafter, the term "Antilles" was commonly assigned to the formation, and "Sea of the Antilles" became a common alternate name for the Caribbean Sea in various European languages.
** flagicon|Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico(U.S. commonwealth)
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands(UK)
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Sint Eustatius(Neth. Ant.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
** flagicon|Saint Martin|local Saint Martin (Fr.)
** flagicon|Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten(Neth. Ant.)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
U.S. Virgin Islands
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Antilles — archipel d Amérique centrale, en forme d arc, isolant de l océan Atlantique la mer des Antilles. Il se divise en Bahamas, Grandes Antilles (Cuba, Haïti, rép. Dominicaine, Porto Rico, Jamaïque) et Petites Antilles, lesquelles se composent des îles … Encyclopédie Universelle
Antilles — [an til′ēz΄] main island group of the West Indies, including all but the Bahamas: see GREATER ANTILLES, LESSER ANTILLES Antillean [an til′ē ən; an΄tə lē′ən] adj … English World dictionary
Antilles — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Antilles (homonymie). Antilles Carte des Antilles (en vert) dans la Caraïbe. Superficie … Wikipédia en Français
Antilles — Antillean /an til ee euhn, an tl ee /, adj. /an til eez/, n. (used with a pl. v.) a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, the one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles), the other including… … Universalium
Antilles — /ænˈtɪliz/ (say an tileez) plural noun a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico), and, to the south east, the Lesser Antilles (the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands,… … Australian English dictionary
Antilles — geographical name the West Indies excluding the Bahamas see Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles • Antillean adjective … New Collegiate Dictionary
Antilles — islands of the West Indies excluding the Bahamas; comprises Greater Antilles: Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico; and Lesser Antilles: Trinidad, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, and other small islands … Webster's Gazetteer
Antilles — An•til•les [[t]ænˈtɪl iz[/t]] n. pl. geg a chain of islands in the West Indies, divided into two parts, one including Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles), the other including a large arch of smaller islands to the SE and … From formal English to slang
Antilles — noun a group of islands in the West Indies • Instance Hypernyms: ↑archipelago • Part Holonyms: ↑West Indies, ↑the Indies • Part Meronyms: ↑Greater Antilles, ↑Lesser Antilles, ↑Cari … Useful english dictionary
Antilles — See Netherlands Antilles … Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands