Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France

Feb 15, 2019 - Sea Cloud

We left our anchorage at Cabrits Point, Dominica at 10 p.m. and motored to the lovely and picturesque harbor of the main city in the Iles des Saintes (“The Saints”), named by Columbus on his second voyage in November 1493. These islands are a part of France and have approximately the same relationship to the mother country as the Hawaiian Islands have to the continental U.S. The inhabitants are French citizens, vote in all elections, and have all the perquisites of being French citizen and a member of the European Union. The official currency here is the euro.

The original 18th-century French sellers were indentured servants, largely of Breton stock, famous in mainland France for their boat building and fishing skills. After having secured their freedom from debt, they did what they did in Brittany and became fisherman and boat builders. Today the primary industry is tourism from the larger island of Guadalupe. The cost of living is also high as most goods are brought in by air and ship.

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Tom Heffernan


Tom, a native of New York City, who has had a life-long passion for travel and exploration, is the Kenneth Curry Professor of Humanities at the University of Tennessee and the founding Director of the university’s Humanities Center. His areas of interest are anthropology of religions and historical linguistics.

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Robin Moore

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Robin Moore is a photographer and naturalist with awards from Nature's Best, American Photo, National Geographic Traveler, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His images are displayed in the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries and have appeared in the pages of publications that include National Geographic magazine, National Geographic books, the New York Times, Newsweek, and TIME. His images are represented by National Geographic Creative.

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