With a history dating back to a settlement from 300AD, Guadeloupe is an exciting country. It was named Santa Maria de Guadeloupe by Sir Christopher Columbus in 1493 but prior to that had been known as Karukera (The Island of Beautiful Waters) by Arawak settlers.
French control of Guadeloupe was debated through much of the 18th and 19th Century with control handed back and forth between numerous European nations via various treaties. The Treaty of Vienna in 1815 officially acknowledged the country as under French control and then in 1946 the colony of Guadeloupe finally became an overseas department of France.
Geographically, Guadeloupe is found in the Caribbean Sea and consists of two main islands – Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre – and the smaller adjacent French islands of La Desirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante.
Due to its position, Guadeloupe is known for its hot climate that is also prone to rainfall and tropical weather, including hurricanes.
The country’s economy depends mainly on tourism, agriculture and light industry although the vast majority of the country’s tourists actually come from metropolitan France (83.3%).
For entertainment, natives enjoy music and dance which has strong French and African influences and includes native styles such as zouk, zouk-love and kompa.