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Basseterre

[bahs-tair] /bɑsˈtɛər/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of St. Kitts-Nevis, in the West Indies.

Basse-Terre

[bahs-tair; French bahs-ter] /bɑsˈtɛər; French bɑsˈtɛr/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Guadeloupe, in the French West Indies.
2.
See under Guadeloupe.

Guadeloupe

[gwahd-l-oop] /ˌgwɑd lˈup/
noun
1.
two islands (Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) separated by a narrow channel in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies: together with five dependencies they form an overseas department of France. 687 sq. mi. (1179 sq. km).
Capital: Basse-Terre.
Can be confused
Guadalupe (River) Guadeloupe.

St. Kitts-Nevis

[kits-nee-vis, -nev-is] /ˈkɪtsˈni vɪs, -ˈnɛv ɪs/
noun
1.
a twin-island state in the Leeward Islands, in the E West Indies, consisting of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis: formerly a British colony and member of the West Indies Associated States; gained independence 1983. 104 sq. mi. (269 sq. km).
Capital: Basseterre.
Also called St. Christopher-Nevis.
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Examples from the Web for Basseterre
Historical Examples
  • We came to an anchor before the town of Basseterre, the capital of the island.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Why, we've got him safe under lock and key here at Basseterre.

  • We anchored off Basseterre and waited in vain for the doctor.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • Fort Fleur d'Épée was taken by storm, and the place not being tenable after this loss, the British crossed over to Basseterre.

British Dictionary definitions for Basseterre

Basseterre

/bæsˈtɛə; French bɑstɛr/
noun
1.
a port in the Caribbean, on St Kitts in the Leeward Islands: the capital of St Kitts-Nevis. Pop: 13 220 (2001)

Basse-Terre

/ˈbæsˈtɛə; French bɑstɛr/
noun
1.
a mountainous island in the Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, comprising part of Guadeloupe. Area: 848 sq km (327 sq miles)
2.
a port in W Guadeloupe, on Basse-Terre Island: the capital of the French Overseas Department of Guadeloupe. Pop: 12 410 (1999)

Guadeloupe

/ˌɡwɑːdəˈluːp/
noun
1.
an overseas region of France in the E Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands, formed by the islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre and several offlying islands; in 2007 the island of Saint-Barthélemy and the part-island dependency of Saint-Martin were separated from Guadeloupe to become Overseas Collectivities directly subordinate to France. Capital: Basse-Terre. Pop: 405 500 (2007 est). Area: 1780 sq km (687 sq miles)
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Basseterre in Culture
Guadeloupe [(gwahd-l-oohp, gwahd-l-oohp)]

Island in the eastern portion of the West Indies; an overseas territory of France.

Note: Tourism is a major industry.
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