La Desirade

La Desirade, about 10km (6mi) off the eastern tip of Grande-Terre, is the archipelago’s least developed and least visited island. It has a long history of isolation, having been a leper colony for over 200 years (the leprosarium closed in the 1950s).

These days, islanders engage mainly in fishing, boatbuilding, agriculture and raising sheep, though there are some rustic tourist facilities available. The island looks somewhat like an overturned boat, at least when viewed from Guadeloupe.

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