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___ MartiniqueDestination Martinique, a virtual travel guide to the Island of Flowers (Madinina). This page aims to give you a broad overview of Martinique's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean nation, e.g.: official web sites of Martinique, addresses of Martinique and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Martinique.
Bay of St. Piere with Mount Pelee © Martinique.org
Department of Martinique
Martinique belongs to the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies.
Colonized by France in 1635, the island has subsequently remained a French possession except for three brief periods of foreign occupation.
June 15, 1502 Columbus lands at Carbet on the Caribbean side of the island.
1635 First French settlement under Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc.
1636 King Louis XIII permits the introduction of slaves to the French West Indies.
1685 Establishment of Colbert's "Black Code" which, in 60 articles, officially governs the lives of slaves until 1848.
1762 - 1848 Martinique is occupied several times by the British.
May 22, 1848 Abolition of slavery.
May 8, 1902 Eruption of Mt. Pelée destroying St.-Pierre. Fort-de-France becomes the capital.
March 19, 1946 Martinique acquires the status of a French department. Four deputies and 2 senators represent it.
1983 The Regional Council is established following the French decentralization laws of 1982.
(Source: Martinique Promotion Bureau - martinique.org)
Windward Islands: Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Département d'outre-mer de la Martinique
short form: Martinique
int'l long form: Department of Martinique
alternative name: Madinina (flower island)
ISO Country Code: mq
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Wed-Aug-31 10:16
Country Calling Code: +596
Capital City: Fort-de-France
Other Cities: La Trinite, Le Marin, Le Robert, Le Vauclin, Marigot, Schoelcher, St. Pierre.
Government: Overseas Department of France.
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.
Area: 1,100 km² (424 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mountainous with indented coastline; dormant volcano.
Climate: Maritime tropical; moderated by trade winds; rainy season (June to October)
Population: 396,000 (2009)
Ethnic Groups: African and African-white-Indian.
Religions: Christianity 90%
Languages: French (official), Creole patois
Natural resources: Touristy coastal scenery and beaches, cultivable land.
Agriculture products: Pineapples, avocados, bananas, flowers, vegetables, sugarcane
Industries: Construction, rum, cement, oil refining, sugar, tourism.
Exports partners: France 45%, Guadeloupe 28% (2000)
Imports partners: France 62%, Venezuela 6%, Germany 4%, Italy 4%, USA 3% (2000)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Mount Pelee, Martinique
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Official Sites of MartiniquePrefecture Région Martinique
The prefecture's official web site provides also some information about the island.
Département de la Martinique - Conseil Général
Department of Martinique - General Council (in French)
Région Martinique - Conseil Régional
Regional Council of Martinique.
The Martinique Parliament is a fiction. Visitors should be aware that the Assembly of Martinique described here is not a very institutional parliament. ( mostly in French)
Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
Site of the French ministry for the overseas territories.
Directory of French representations abroad (in French)
List of French diplomatic missions around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in France
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited in France.
Map of Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe
Political Map of Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
Google Earth Martinique
Searchable map and satellite view of Martinique.
Google Earth Fort-de-France
Searchable map and satellite view of Martinique's capital.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
NewsCaribbean Net News
Caribbean Net News with Caribbean and Martinique related news.
Radio Martinique has some regional news (in French).
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Arts & Culture
Centre Martiniquais d'Action Culturelle
Martinique events (in French).
Musée Départemental d'Archéologie et de Préhistoire
Departmental museum of archaeology and prehistory (in French).
Carnival Martiniquais © Martinique.org
Business & EconomyThe economy is based on sugarcane, bananas, tourism, and light industry. Agriculture accounts for about 6% of GNI and the small industrial sector for 11%.
Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la Martinique
Official site of the Chamber (in French).
Serves destinations in the French Caribbean based in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.
Aéroport Martinique Aimé Césaire
Official website of Martinique's airport Aimé Césaire.
Express des iles
Catamaran high speed link between Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia (in French)
Transit company of Martinique (in French)
Destination Martinique - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Martinique: Mount Pelee, Fort-de-France, Saint-Pierre, Carnival, Beguine.
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, cruising, diving, tours and much more.
Martinique Promotion Bureau
Official Martinique tourism web site (in French) but you can switch to
Island guide by the US Martinique Promotion Bureau (in English).
Office du tourisme Trois-Ilets
Site of the tourism office of Trois-Ilets.
Site about Mount Pelee Vulcano
Information about Martinique (in French).
An inspired guide to the island of Martinique.
Maps, webcams and pictures of the island also called Madinina.
Images de Martinique
A site with images of Martinique.
Official site of the City of Fort-de-France.
Site of the town of Grand-Rivière.
Mairie du Lamentin
Site of the municipality of Lamentin.
Tourism site of the village of Robert.
Official website of the village of Sainte Marie.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Landscape © Martinique.org
EducationL'universite des Antilles et de la Guyane - Martinique and Guyana
Environment & NatureObservatoire Volcanologique de la Montagne Pelée
Mount Pelee Volcano Observatory Website.
Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.
HistoryBrief History of Martinique
Martinique directory (in French)
another Martinique directory (in French)
Martinique-online (in French)
Additional Information on MartiniqueBBC News Country Profile: Martinique
LANIC - Martinique
Latin American Network Information Center
VICS - The Virtual Institute of Caribbean Studies
An Internet-based Institution for the Development and Study of the Caribbean Region and Its Peoples.
Open Directory Project: Martinique
The World Factbook -- Martinique
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Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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