Friday 12 June 2020

Ilet du Gosier (Guadeloupe, 1970)

Ilet du Gosier is an islet off the coast of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. The island is uninhabited and has various conservation protections applied to it, but can be visited by solar-powered boat or catamaran. It takes its name from the pelicans which once hunted in its lagoons. Now the lagoons are a site for exploration and diving… suffice to say that a lot of the references to Ilet du Gosier online use the word “paradise”.

Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France, made up of five inhabited islands and a number of uninhabited ones like Le Gosier. The islands were home to indigenous populations as far back as 3000BC. Columbus liked the look of Guadeloupe but met a lot of resistance from the islanders. The French arrived in 1626 and Guadeloupe followed the sad trajectory into plantations and slavery that swept through the Caribbean islands from that point on.

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