Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Where is Storyville?

Map courtesy of World Atlas
The easy answer is that we're in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, a territory of the United States. If you want to see where we are on the map you can click the link over on the right that says "Where is Storyville" and that will always let you know exactly where we are. But I was thinking about all the cool places that you hear about and wondering where we are right now geographically speaking.

We are in the Caribbean Sea. That's pretty cool, but then you start hearing things about the West Indies, The  Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands.  It all gets kind of confusing so I decided to give myself a geography lesson. Luckily, Google and Wikipedia make that an easy task.

The West Indies are all of the islands that separate the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. All the way from the Bahamas to the Grenadines. They got their name from Columbus in 1492 because he thought that he had made it to the Asia when he first discovered these beautiful islands. The West Indies are broken down into some additions regions:

  • The Bahamas (this is the north part of the West Indies)
  • The Greater Antilles (this is the central part of the West Indies, with the biggest islands, including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico.
  • The Lesser Antilles (all of the other, smaller islands to the south and east)
The Lesser Antilles are broken down even further into two different groups:
  • The Leeward Islands
  • The Windward Islands
These islands are all made up of different island countries and territories, some independent countries, some US territories, British, Dutch, French and probably more.  We are excited to be headed down the Leeward and Windward Islands in the next few months and discovering even more cultures and wonderful people.

If you want to do more research for yourself, check out this information on World Atlas

So, here is the answer: 

Storyville is currently in The Caribbean Sea, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, The West Indies, The Lesser Antilles, Leeward Islands


Anonymous said...

I guess that makes you the official family navigator! LOL

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