Coral Reefs and Development

Case Study

In a refutation of a case study about the Bakers Bay golf course, I offer readers an up-to-date view on the issue of protecting coral reefs against large-scale developments in the Bahamas and the West Indies.
Read the Case Study Takedown

The Guana Cay Blog

In the Guana Cay Blog, I document the latest in the fight to save an internationally significant coral reef and mangrove ecosystem from Bakers Bay Club.
Read the Guana Cay Blog here

Eyes of the West Indies

In Eyes of the West Indies, I look at the desperate fight by Bahamian locals to save their island, and the impact their case has made across the West Indies.
Read about Save Guana Cay Reef here

Map of the West Indies

Archipelagos and Antilles

This map of the West Indies describes the main three sections of the region: the Lucayan archipelago, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. In a related post, I argue why these islands should be included in lists of the birds of North America.You can visit a larger version of this map.

West indies Countries and Territories

Lucayan Archipelago

Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands

Greater Antilles

Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico

Lesser Antilles

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Nueva Esparta, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint-Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands

What is the West Indies? Why Not the Caribbean?

Despite its vague suggestion of colonialism (the West Indies was a word used by Europeans to differentiate the region from the East Indies), the West Indies is a beautiful way to describe both a geography and the common culture of a region. The phrase is geographically equivalent to the phrase, "Caribbean Basin." That's important to distinguish from The Caribbean, which technically refers to the Caribbean Sea, and leaves out the countries of the West Indies that reside outside of the sea itself.