Leeward Antilles

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The Leeward Antilles is a name not to be confused with the Leeward Islands, also in the Antilles. (For a disquisition on the history of the names, see Leeward Islands.) In languages other than English, they are usually called the equivalent of 'Leeward Islands' tout court: in these languages, all the islands in the eastern range of the Antilles, from the Virgin Islands to Trinidad - i.e. the groups that English calls the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands - are called the equivalent of 'The Windward Islands'.

  • The Leeward Antilles are the southern range of the Antilles (Caribbean) islands, bordering the shore of Venzuela. The 'leeward' in their name comes from the prevailing Trade Winds in the Caribbean which come from the east.

As the term 'Leeward' Islands is not a reflection of political or physical reality, it has no formal recognition. Therefore different users of the terms include different listings of the islands. Wikipedia gives: the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao); Aves Island, Los Monjes Archipelago, La Tortuga, La Sola, Los Testigos, Los Frailes, Patos, Los Roques Archipelago, Blanquilla, Los Hermanos Archipelago, Orchila, Las Aves Archipelago; Margarita, Coche and Cubagua.