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History in brief

Christopher Columbus discovered Guadeloupe on his second voyage in 1493. The French settled it 142 years afterwards. Later the British took over. The flag switching continued. Today, Guadeloupe is a French Overseas Department.

Island statistics

More than 450,000 people live in Guadeloupe. About 800,000 people visit it each year (most are French).


Tourism and agriculture (especially bananas and sugar cane) are the main revenue sources.


French is the official and main language of Guadeloupe. Creole comes in second. English is not that prevalent.

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