The Windward Islands are the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. They are south of the Leeward Islands. The Windward Islands, in the West Indies, was made up of the British possessions of Grenada, St Vincent and St Lucia. Grenada, the smallest, is the southernmost island and St Lucia, the largest, is the northernmost island. Together, they formed the Windward Islands Government, under the leadership of a common Governor, but each island kept its own institutions.
Of volcanic origin, the islands are generally rugged, mountainous, and well forested, and they have many streams and lakes. With an equable climate, ample rainfall, and rich soil, they produce a variety of tropical agricultural crops for export, including bananas, spices, limes, and cacao. The islands are subject to hurricanes. Although small-scale manufacturing has gained importance, the most substantial change has been the growth of the tourist trade, which constitutes the region's economic mainstay.
The Antillean Windward Islands from north to south are: