Greater Antilles is a grouping of the larger islands in the Caribbean Sea; Cuba, Hispaniola (containing Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. The Greater Antilles constitute over 90% of the land mass of the entire West Indies, as well as over 90% of its population, with the balance made of the archipelago of the [1 ] Lesser Antilles which is a chain of islands to the east (running north-south and encompassing the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea where it meets the Atlantic Ocean) and south (running east-west off the northern coast of South America).
The word Antilles originated in the period before the European conquest of the New World - Europeans used the term
as one of the mysterious lands featured on medieval charts, sometimes as an archipelago, sometimes as continuous land of greater or lesser extent, its location fluctuating in mid-ocean between the Canary Islands and Eurasia. Antilia
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Country with flag
(1 July 2005 est.)
Cayman Islands (UK)
Puerto Rico (USA)
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Further reading [ edit ]
Cohen, S.; Groene, J.; Werner, L.; Vladimir, U.; Williams, D.; Walter, C.; Hiller, H.L. (1997). . Explore the world Nelles guide. Nelles Verlag. Caribbean: The Greater Antilles, Bermuda, Bahamas ISBN 978-3-88618-403-3. 254 pages.
University, J.R.P.B.S.S. (1995). . Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 88. Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean : Ecology, Evolution, and Plate Tectonics: Ecology, Evolution, and Plate Tectonics ISBN 978-0-19-536191-9. Rogozinski, Jan.
A Brief History of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File, 1992.
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Coordinates: 21°59′N 79°02′W / 21.983°N 79.033°W