Arawak native Americans first lived on the islands. Most died when Europeans came. Guadeloupe was first governed by the French Company of the American Islands. It was then taken over by England, given to Sweden, and given back to France.
Today, most of the people in Guadeloupe are Roman Catholic and are of African descent.
- 71%: African or Multiracial (European, African, Chinese, East Indian, Amerindians, and others).
- 15%: East Indian
- 9%: European
- 2%: Middle Easterns
- 3%: Chinese
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