Overseas region of France Capital Basse-Terre Official language French Government - Head of state Nicolas Sarkozy - President of the regional government Victorin Lurel - President of the regional counsil Jacques Gillot Area - Total 1628,4 km² Population - 2008 400.736 hab. Currency Euro Time zone -4 (UTC) Internet code .gp
G uadeloupe Archipelago of nine islands in the Caribbean Sea. It has 435 thousand inhabitants living mainly from tourism and agriculture. Guadeloupe was discovered by Columbus in 1493. Since 1635 is under French rule. The main territory of Guadeloupe consists of two islands: Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by a narrow channel. The government of Guadalupe is organized like that of France. The politicians are elected by the people. These are the deputies who will represent them in France with the head of state.
<ul><li>Basse-terre is of volcanic origin with inland mountains; </li></ul>
<ul><li>The island of Grande-Terre is where the majority of the population lives. The hotels are concentrated here as well as the main crops of sugarcane, bananas and coffee. The tourists visit mainly the beautiful islands of Saint Barthélemy, Terre-de-Haut and Isle de Saintes. </li></ul>
Agriculture <ul><li>Banana is another important crop in the island... </li></ul><ul><li>Yummy!!! </li></ul>
Although there is a significant mixing of cultures in the archipelago, the population is mainly catholic.
Religion Church in Guadeloupe Our Lady of Guadeloupe
<ul><li>Dance </li></ul><ul><li>Zouk - is a rhythm originating in the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, French colonizations. The word means party in the creole dialect – a French / African dialect - and most of the songs are sung in dialect or in French. To dance it takes much romanticism and sensuality; includes many movements of hips and head. </li></ul>The music of Guadeloupe has its origin in the slaves that were brought to the archipelago. It’s a simple music, played with a percussion instrument called "Gwo-Ka".