The West Indies are a group of island nations and territories and, as such, do not have a capital. Each nation has its own capital and government.Know More
The West Indies are a chain of islands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. The islands were some of the first land reached by explorers from western Europe and became colonies of the countries that sponsored the expeditions.
Most of the islands are independent, but several groups remain territories of larger nations. The territories include the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Havana, Cuba, and Kingston, Jamaica, are two of the largest capitals in the Caribbean.Learn more about Caribbean
The Caribbean islands are called the West Indies to correct the name, Indies, mistakenly given by Christopher Columbus. Columbus thought he had reached the Indies of Asia.Full Answer >
The Lesser Antilles islands are a group of small islands that make up part of the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Lesser Antilles are divided up into two groups, the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands.Full Answer >
The West Indies group of islands known as the Leeward Islands are comprised of the Puerto Rican Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Saint-Barthélemy (Fr.) Saba, Sint Eustatius, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Redonda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, la Désirade, Îles des Saintes, Marie-Galante and Dominica. The islands include independent nations and protectorates of the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France.Full Answer >
The five island nations that make up the Greater Antilles are Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. The Dominican Republic and Haiti are separate nations, but both are located on one island, Hispaniola.Full Answer >