- In 1815, became under French control.
- In 1848, slavery was abolished.
- In 1946, made an overseas Department of France.
- Fun Facts
- Individuals born on Guadeloupe are full French citizens.
- While France provides imports and subsidies, its economy depends on agriculture, light industries, and tourism.
- Producer of two-thirds the bananas are eaten in France.
- Guadeloupeans are known to love champagne!
- Daylight savings time not observed.
- The summit is often cloudy or fogged.
- English is not widely spoken.
- If you buy a madras fabric hat; do be mindful of the underlying message. Simply meaning, "one point" means your heart is available, "two points" means your heart is already taken, "three points" means your heart is taken, but you're still open to offers!
- In the National Park's it's illegal to fish, hunt, pick flowers or use a radio.
- At the waterfront, Marche de la Darse do buy something before taking any pictures without permission.
- Ideal for the adventurous independent traveler wishing to island-hop the offshore island while enjoying the mainlands architecture, active volcano, diverse culture, fishing, hiking, hot springs, lush rainforests, luxury made in France products, natural wonders, nude sunbathing, shopping, rugged mountainous coastline, scenic views and snorkeling.
- Coolest Season: January - February
- Humid & Hottest: July - November
- Peak Season: December - May
- Historical Sites: Cathedral of St. Pierre & St. Paul, Fort Delgres, Fort Fleur d'Epee, Habitation La Griveliere, Maison Zevalos, Porte d'Enfer (Hell's Gate) and The Cathedral of Basse-Terre.
- Museums: Coffee Museum, Edgar Clerc Archaeology Museum, Memorial ACTe, Musee du Rhum, and Musee St. John Perse.
- Popular Attractions: Aquarium Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre, Deshaies, Bras David & the Maison de la Foret, Changy Hindu Temple, Chutes du Carbet, Gosier, Grande-Terre, iles des Saintes, La Pointe de la Grande Vigie, La Soufriere Volcano, Le Desirade, Le Moule, Les Mamelles, Le Parc National, Marche de la Darse, Maria Galante, Musee Schoelcher, Parc Zoologique et Botanique, Pointe a Pitre, Pointe des Chateaux, Pointe Tarare, Pont d'Alliance, Pont de la Gabarre, Riviere Salee (Salt River), Ste Anne, St Francois and Zoo de Guadeloupe.
- Special Events: Jour de l’An (January), Carnival (Feburary), Les Nuits Caraïbes (February), Mi-Carême (March), Le FEMI (March), La Karujet (March), Le Guadarun (April), Le Caribulles (April), Fête du Crabe (April), Fête du Poisson (April), Fête du Cabri (April) and Le Terra Festival (April).
- Marie-Galante, the largest of Guadeloupe's offshore islands. Known as La Grande Galette (The Big Biscuit) for its flat and circular shape. Popular for ruined sugar mills, rum distilleries, and sugar fields.
- Iles des Saintes, only three are inhabited of the eight island archipelago. Charmed for its barren landscape and walkable town. Most visitors explore Terre-de-Haut and Le Bourg.
- Terre-de-Bas, an inhabited island once covered with sugar plantations. Attractions are their beaches, fort, and fishing.
- La Desirade relies on fishing as there's little tourism beyond attractive beaches (one church, two hotels, a few bars, and restaurants).
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