Presentation of Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe (; French pronunciation: [ɡwadəlup]; Guadeloupean Creole: Gwadloup, pronounced: [ɡwadlup]) is a Caribbean island located among the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles arc, a natural volcanic boundary between the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. A result of its colonial history, Guadeloupe is currently under French sovereignty and bears the status of overseas region of France. As such, the island is an integral part of the French Republic, the European Union and the Eurozone. No need to say that the official language is French, even though Guadeloupean Creole remains the mother tongue of most people.
With a land area of 1,628 square kilometers (629 sq. mi) and a population of over 400,000, Guadeloupe is actually an archipelago comprising two main islands: Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre (French for "Big-Land" and "Low-Land". – Ironically, Basse-Terre is bigger than Grande-Terre ; and Grande-Terre is lower than Basse-Terre), separated only by a narrow sea-channel called Rivière Salée (Salty River) ; and the smaller adjacent islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes group (literally: "Islands of the Saints").
Also called Karukéra (The island of beautiful waters) by its first inhabitants the Arawak people ; or more recently referred to as le Papillon d'émeraude (the Emerald Butterfly), because of the shape of its two main islands ; Guadeloupe got its actual name in 1493 from Christopher Columbus, who named the island after the Virgin Mary venerated in the Spanish town of Guadalupe, in Extremadura.
With an economy mostly based on tourism and agriculture, Guadeloupe has gained from an history rich of cultural instreamings from the rest of the world, matching its today population, counting of descendants from Africa, Europe and Asia.
Born on October 6, 1938, in Anse-Bertrand, Guadeloupe, Serge Nubret was a French professional bodybuilder, bodybuilding federation leader, and movie actor who died on April 19, 2011. Nicknamed "The Black Panther", he was awarded many bodybuilding titles, including IFBB Mr. Europe in 1970, NABBA Mr. Universe in 1976 and WBBG Pro Mr. World in 1977. After a happy childhood in Guadeloupe, in 1950 Serge Nubret moved to France with his family : he was then 12 years old. Soon enough, he became aware of his exceptional potential for athletics. Thus, in 1958, after accounting studies, he decided to dedicate himself to bodybuilding, which was to become, in his own words, his "raison d'être". Also gifted with real artistic aptitudes, Serge Nubret was then ready to fulfill his potential and became the "sculptor of his own body".
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