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Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante (often simply referred to as Capesterre) is a Communes of France, commune on the island of Marie-Galante, in the France, French overseas region and Overseas department, department of Guadeloupe, itself in the Lesser Antilles. Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante is located on the southeast coast of Marie-Galante. The surface area is and the population is 3,469 (as of 2006). The population density is 75 persons per km2.


History

The name of the commune comes from cabesterre, vocabulary of marine of use to the 17th century which indicated a ground exposed to the east winds. In 1928, a cyclone struck hard the borough which had to be rebuilt.


Geography

Capesterre is situated southeast on the island of Marie-Galante. The port of Capesterre and its long beaches are protected from the waves of the Atlantic by the coral reefs.


Climate

Like any other Eastern Caribbean town, Capesterre experiences quite evenly spread rainfall during the year, with a wetter season between July and November which coincides with hurricane season. The town receives 1500–2500 mm of rainfall. Tropical heat is the norm, bringing constant highs of around 32 °C (89 °F) that drop to 20 °C (68 °F) at night. Trade winds, called alizés, blow from the northeast and often temper the climate.


Economy

Capesterre is partly surrounded by forest and scrubland. North, there are sugar fields where sugar is produced. Other food crops such as bananas, cocoa and coffee are also grown. Fishing is also done at the harbor. There are also manufacturing factories near Capesterre. There is one rum distillery at Capesterre, Bellevue Distillery and it produces Rum Domaine de Bellevue. Also, there is a factory where the production of Moysan Cane syrup. This is a traditional and typical Marie-Galantine product. It is the by-product from the cooked juices of the canes. Tourism is not a full-scale industry. Capesterre has two hotels nearby and several restaurants. The beaches attract tourists to Marie-Galante.


Education

Public preschools and primary schools include:LISTE DES ECOLES PUBLIQUES ET PRIVEES SOUS CONTRAT
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* Ecole primaire André Pasbeau * Ecole primaire A.Diallo Boecasse * Ecole maternelle les Coccinelles Public junior high schools include:Établissements du 2nd degré PUBLIC 2017-2018
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* Collége Nelson Mandela


Sights

Capesterre is especially famous for its beaches such as the beach of Feuillère & the beach of Petite Anse. The Bézard Windmill is the first windmill in the French West Indies to have been reconstructed to its original state and returned to proper working condition. It is one of the rare mills in Marie-Galante to have benefited from modernism at the end of the 19th century in the area of sugar cane grinding. Its structure is completely metal with horizontal rollers for more efficiency. The wind engine power plant Petite Place was put into operation in 1998. It produces electricity that is directly deposited into the reserves of EDF (French Electrics). Thanks to the trade winds 30% of the Island's electrical consumption is produced. The church of the Holy-Anne is located near the bay. Exploitation Rousseau et Fils is an ox drawn wagon tour company in Capesterre. Le Discothèque Touloulou is a night club in Capesterre and it opens from 10 p.m.


Photo gallery

Image:Capestere.jpg, Road by the ocean near Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante Image:Moulin Bezard.jpg, The Bézard Windmill, northwest of Capesterre Image:Plage Feuillere.jpg, Beach of Feuillère


See also

*Communes of the Guadeloupe department


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Capesterredemariegalante Marie-Galante Communes of Marie-Galante Communes of Guadeloupe