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Basseterre

Basseterre, town (1990 est. pop. 15,500), capital of St. Kitts and Nevis, on St. Kitts island, West Indies. It is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands. Sugar refining is the leading industry. Basseterre was founded by the French in 1627.

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Basse-Terre

Basse-Terre (bäs-tĕr´), town (1999 pop. 12,410), on Basse-Terre Island, capital of Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the West Indies. Basse-Terre is a port that ships the products of the surrounding agricultural area. Founded by the French in 1643, it retains its French colonial atmosphere, but its commercial prosperity passed to Pointe-à-Pitre in the late 18th cent. The town was destroyed by a hurricane in 1979, setting back prospects for economic development.

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Basseterre

Basseterre Capital and chief port of the federated state of St Kitts-Nevis, on the sw coast of St Kitts, Leeward Islands, e Caribbean. Founded in 1627, it is an important commercial centre. Industries: sugar-refining. Pop. (1994 est.) 12,220.

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