The church of Terre-de-Haut

Coat of arms

Location of the commune (in red) within Guadeloupe
Coordinates: 15°52′00″N 61°35′00″W / 15.8667°N 61.5833°W / 15.8667; -61.5833Coordinates: 15°52′00″N 61°35′00″W / 15.8667°N 61.5833°W / 15.8667; -61.5833
Country France
Overseas region and department Guadeloupe
Arrondissement Basse-Terre
Canton Les Saintes
  Mayor Louis Molinié
Area1 6.00 km2 (2.32 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 1,757
  Density 290/km2 (760/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97131 / 97137
Elevation 0–306 m (0–1,004 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Terre-de-Haut is a commune in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, including Terre-de-Haut Island and a few other small uninhabited islands of the archipelago (les Roches Percées; Îlet à Cabrit; Grand-Îlet; la Redonde). It is the most populous island of the archipelago of the les Saintes. The Fort Napoléon is located in this commune.


Terre-de-Haut is the most tourist-friendly municipality in les Saintes archipelago, with hotels bungalows, bars and restaurants. There is little formalized activity, but one can tour the restored Fort Napoleon or rent mopeds. Located there is the beautiful Plage de Pompierre beach,[1] as well as small guest-houses, eateries, French-Creole shops, and an active harbour where ferries passengers from Guadeloupe arrive. The local people make a living from fishing and from tourism. Visitors are free to explore without modern-day intrusion. The Euro is coin of the realm, but credit cards are easily accepted. A little airport is built since 1973 and permit to welcome private plane from Guadeloupe and Caribbean islands.


List of the successive mayors
Period Identity Party Quality
2000-nowadayLouis MoliniéUMP
1977–2000Robert JoyeuxRPR
1971–1977René Germain
1961–1971Eugène Samson
1957–1961Georges Azincourt
1936–1957Théodore Samson
1929–1935Benoît Cassin
1915–1928Emmanuel Laurent
1911–1914Paul-Eugène Thomas
1902–1908Benoit Cassin
1892–1902Charles Foy
1884–1892Bernard Azincourt
1882–1884Charles Foy First mayor of Terre de Haut
1871–1882Jean-Pierre Lognos Last mayor of les Saintes
The previous data are not mentioned yet.


Demographics evolution
1999 2006 2013
1 729 1 838 1 757
Number retained from 1962 : Population without double counting

Points of interest

See also


  1. "Iles des Saintes". le-caribbean-islands.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
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