The Memorial of Anse Caffard

On April 8th, 1830, a ship approached the coast of Diamant. François Dizac, who managed a plantation in the area, was watching the ship approach and realized that it was too close to the shore line but strong waves prevented him from sending a boat out to warn the captain. Instead, he tried to send…

Fort-de-France

Fort-de-France became the capitol of Martinique after the 1902 eruption of Mont Pelée. The city is built into a hill, which makes it difficult to cross on foot. The cultural center of the city is near the gare des taxicos, which is right on the Baie and very convenient for people coming into the city…

Canal des Esclaves

The Canal de Beauregard, also known as the Canal des Esclaves, is a narrow path that snakes around the hills between Carbet and Fond St. Denis in the north of Martinique. In Fond St. Denis, the road is marked but not very clearly. Coming from Saint Pierre, you will pass a church and then turn…

Saint Pierre: A City Rising From Ruins

Saint Pierre is a city built around the ruins of the devastating 1902 volcanic eruption of Mont Pelée. Interwoven with the modern city are the ruins of the old theater and prison, of small houses and the facades of great churches. In order to understand just how much the eruption has influenced the face and…