Leeward Islands

Lee·ward Islands

geographical name \ˈlē-wərd, ˈlü-ərd\


island chain cen Pacific extending 1250 miles (2012 kilometers) WNW from main islands of the Hawaiian group; includes Nihoa, Necker, Laysan, Midway, & Kure islands
or French Îles sous le Vent \ˌēl-sü-lə-ˈväⁿ\ islands S. Pacific, W group of the Society Islands pop 22,232
islands West Indies in the N Lesser Antilles extending from Virgin Islands (on N) to Dominica (on S)
former colony British West Indies in the Leewards including Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, & Montserrat

Leeward Islands

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Arc of West Indian islands that constitute the most westerly and northerly of the Lesser Antilles, northeastern Caribbean Sea. The major islands are, from north to south, the Virgin Islands of the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, St. Martin, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and Guadeloupe. Just south of this chain is Dominica, sometimes classified as part of the Leeward Islands but usually designated as part of the Windward Islands.


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