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This article is about the city of Basse-Terre. For the island on which the city is located, see Basse-Terre Island. Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, should not be confused with Basseterre the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Coordinates: 15°59′45″N 61°43′45″W / 15.9958°N 61.7292°W / 15.9958; -61.7292

Commune of Basse-Terre

Location
Basse-Terre.PNG
Location of the commune (in red) within Guadeloupe
Administration
Country France
Region Guadeloupe (préfecture)
Department Guadeloupe
Arrondissement Basse-Terre
Canton Basse-Terre (1st, and 2nd)
Intercommunality Sud Basse-Terre
Mayor Guy Georges
Statistics
Land area1 5.78 km2 (2.23 sq mi)
Population2 12,410  (1999 census)
 - Density 2,147 /km2 (5,560 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 97105/ 97100
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Basse-Terre is the capital city of Guadeloupe, an overseas région and département of France located in the Lesser Antilles.[1] The city of Basse-Terre is located on Basse-Terre Island, the western-half of Guadeloupe.

Although it is the administrative capital of Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre is only the second largest city in Guadeloupe behind Pointe-à-Pitre, with 44,864 inhabitants in its urban area in 1999 (12,400 of whom lived in the city of Basse-Terre proper).

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Name

See Basse-Terre Island for the origin of the name Basse-Terre.

History

The city was founded in 1643, in the mountainous section of Basse-Terre, one of the two islands which compose Guadeloupe. It was destroyed many times as a consequence of the Anglo-French wars. Today the town is quiet with its French provincial atmosphere and colourful port life.

Sights

Clock tower in the marketplace

In town is the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, a 19th century building which has a notable grey stone highlighted by white statues; many other colonial buildings; La place du Champ d'Arbaud, the main square and Le Jardin Pichon, the park adjoining to the south & the Zoological and Botanical Park lies on a 1,500-foot (460 m) hilltop garden on the banks of La Rivière-aux-Herbes. This is a reserve of the plants and animals of Guadeloupe.

Climate

Weather data for Basse-Terre
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
28
(82)
30
(86)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
27
(81)
26
(79)
25
(77)
26
(79)
Average low °C (°F) 20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
22
(72)
Precipitation cm (inches) 8
(3.1)
6
(2.4)
7
(2.8)
11
(4.3)
15
(5.9)
12
(4.7)
16
(6.3)
19
(7.5)
23
(9.1)
22
(8.7)
22
(8.7)
14
(5.5)
178
(70.1)
Source: Weatherbase[2]

References

  1. ^ INSEE
  2. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Basse-Terre". http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weatherall.php3?s=79887&refer=&units=metric.  

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See also Basseterre

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Proper noun

Basse-Terre

  1. Basse-Terre, the capital city of Guadeloupe, an overseas region and département of France located in the Lesser Antilles.
  2. The western-half of the island of Guadeloupe.







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