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The Leeward Antilles, known in Dutch as Benedenwindse Eilanden are a chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea that compose the southern most islands of the Lesser Antilles. Different from the Leeward Islands, they reside just north of the Venezuelan coast on the mainland of South America. They are geologically much different than other Caribbean islands and do not contain volcanic activity as they are part of the Caribbean Plate that was formed by its subduction under the South American plate. Recent studies show that these islands are connected now through accretion to South America.