Name and geography

The Windward Islands were named because they were more windward (in the direction of the wind) of the ships that were coming to the New World to the Leeward Islands since the prevailing winds were blowing in the area in direction, east to west. Transatlantic currents and winds that produced the fastest route across the ocean to the ships were first to the islands located in the southeast of the West Indies and then continue to their final destination in the Caribbean or North America.