Windward Passage

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The Windward Passage marked in red

The Windward Passage is a strait in the Caribbean Sea, between the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola. The strait specifically lies between the easternmost region of Cuba and the northwest of Haiti.[1]

80km wide, the Windward Passage has a threshold depth of 1,700m. Navassa Island lies on its southern approach.

It connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and is in the direct path of shipping between the Panama Canal and the eastern seaboard of the United States.[2]

From either the eastern tip of the Guantánamo Province of Cuba, or the western tip of Haiti's Nord-Ouest Department, it is possible to see lights on the other side of the Windward Passage.[3]

Coordinates: 20°N 74°W / 20°N 74°W / 20; -74

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Riley, Shannon Rose. _Imagi-Nations in black and white: Cuba, Haiti, and the performance of difference in United States national projects, 1898--1940_ PhD, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, © 2006, UMI-Proquest, 3230676, page 50. Available at http://gradworks.umi.com/32/30/3230676.html
  2. ^ See Riley, Shannon Rose. _Imagi-Nations in black and white: Cuba, Haiti, and the performance of difference in United States national projects, 1898--1940_ PhD, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, © 2006, UMI-Proquest, 3230676, page 50. Available at http://gradworks.umi.com/32/30/3230676.html
  3. ^ Lapidus, Benjamin L. "Stirring the Ajiaco: Changüí, Son, and the Haitian Connection." In Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz, edited by Mauricio A. Font and Alfonso W. Quiroz, 237-45. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005.