About Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is located in the Caribbean, with Antigua and Barbuda to the north and Dominica to the south.

Prior to Christopher Columbus' arrival Guadeloupe had been known as 'Karukera', which means, 'The Island of Beautiful Waters'.

Slavery was abolished in Guadeloupe until May 28th, 1848. It had been a major issue in the country for many years.

Guadeloupe includes several islands. The main two are Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, often referred to as the twin islands. These two islands are separated by a narrow channel.

Guadeloupe also includes La Desirade, Marie-Galante, Iles des Saintes (2 islands), Iles de la Petite Terre, and part of the island St. Martin.

The capital city of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre. Its population is approximately 12,750.

The largest city in Guadeloupe is Pointe-a-Pitre and its population is approximately 133,000.

The population of Guadeloupe is approximately 405,500.

The currency used in Guadeloupe is the Euro, because the country is an overseas department of France.

The above background information was quoted from: http://www.softschools.com/facts/geography/guadeloupe_facts/2881/