THE CHUTES DU CARBET
The “Chutes de la rivière du Grand Carbet” [The waterfalls of the Grand Carbet River] are among the most impressive waterfalls of the Lesser Antilles. This river probably owes its name to the American Indian village, consisting of “carbets” (large open huts, serving as shelter), which were built not far from its mouth.
The Grand Carbet River has its source on the eastern flank of the Soufrière. Its sulphurous waters become clear after three falls and throw themselves into the sea, on the Atlantic coast of the island, 11km downstream.
It is said that Christopher Columbus, when he landed on Guadeloupe in November 1493, saw the first two falls from the shore of Capesterre Belle-Eau.
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