Lesser Antilles

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Less·er Antilles

An island group of the eastern West Indies extending in an arc from Aruba to the Virgin Islands.

Lesser Antilles

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(Placename) the Lesser Antilles a group of islands in the Caribbean, including the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Barbados, and the Netherlands Antilles. Formerly called: the Caribbees


(ænˈtɪl iz)

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 S (Lesser Antilles or Caribees).
An•til′le•an, adj., n.
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Noun1.Lesser Antilles - a group of islands in the southeastern West IndiesLesser Antilles - a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies
Antilles - a group of islands in the West Indies
Netherlands Antilles - a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles just to the north of Venezuela that are administered by The Netherlands
Leeward Islands - a group of islands in the eastern West Indies
Windward Islands, Windward Isles - a group of islands in the southeastern West Indies; the southern part of the Lesser Antilles
Barbados - easternmost of the West Indies about 300 miles to the north of Venezuela
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I was positively against that; and looking over the charts of the sea-coast of America with him, we concluded there was no inhabited country for us to have recourse to till we came within the circle of the Caribbee Islands, and therefore resolved to stand away for Barbadoes; which, by keeping off at sea, to avoid the indraft of the Bay or Gulf of Mexico, we might easily perform, as we hoped, in about fifteen days' sail; whereas we could not possibly make our voyage to the coast of Africa without some assistance both to our ship and to ourselves.
18) Although Aguirre's brutality and violent religious zeal were directed primarily at Europeans, Humboldt's narrative suggests a relation between the violence associated with this conquistador and the great incursions by the "cannibal horde [horde anthrophage]" of the Caribbees against Valencia in 1578 and 1580 (4:193/2:97).
The Moon of the Caribbees, O'Neill's personal favorite among his one-acts, is a virtually plotless mood piece, and the stark, nearly empty setting at St.

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