Caribbean Beat Magazine

Geography lessons | Did you even know

How well do you know the geography of the Caribbean? Let our trivia column put you to the test

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This issue’s “Back of Beyond” feature takes you to some of the Caribbean’s hidden corners. How well do you know the geography of our region? Try our trivia quiz, and check your score in the answers below!

1. Which country has the highest mountain peak in the Caribbean archipelago?

Cuba
Jamaica
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico

2. What is the smallest independent nation in the Caribbean?

Grenada
St Kitts and Nevis
Barbados
St Vincent and the Grenadines

3. Which island has the insular Caribbean’s longest river?

Cuba
Jamaica
Haiti
Trinidad

4. What is the name of the area of sea that separates Cuba and Haiti?

Mona Passage
Windward Passage
Leeward Passage
Navassa Passage

5. The easternmost point of land in the Caribbean archipelago is in Barbados — what is its name?

Ragged Point
Bell Point
Kitridge Point
Crane Point

6. On the summit of Mt Roraima, the boundaries of three countries meet — not including which of the following?

Venezuela
Guyana
Suriname
Brazil

7. New Providence is an island in the Bahamas, home to the capital, Nassau. But where is the Caribbean’s corresponding Old Providence?

Also in the Bahamas
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Colombia
Belize

8. You may have to check Caribbean Beat’s online archive for this one! The second issue of the magazine, published all the way back in 1992, featured on its cover an iconic location associated with space exploration in which of these territories?

Puerto Rico
Florida
French Guiana
Cuba 


Answers:

1 Dominican Republic: Pico Duarte, at 10,164 feet 
2 St Kitts and Nevis, at just over 100 square miles 
3 Cuba: the Cauto River, 230 miles long 
4 Windward Passage (Paso de los Vientos in Spanish, Passage au Vent in French) 
5 Kitridge Point 
6 Mt Roraima’s Triple Point brings together the borders of Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil — not Suriname 
7 Colombia: the island of Providencia, once known as Old Providence, is part of an archipelago lying north of mainland Colombia 
8 French Guiana: the cover of our Summer 1992 issue featured a photo of a rocket launch at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, a facility run by the European Space Agency