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History and Culture in Martinique

A history of settlement that dates back thousands of years; fierce colonial history; plantation homes; colorful pageants and celebrations; centuries-old distilleries; entire cities ravaged by volcanic activity. All this and more make up Martinique’s unique historical and cultural character—much of which can be experienced by visitors to the island.
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D38, Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique

Most visitors to Martinique head for sun and sand on the island's southern coast. Those looking for history should consider a tour of La Pagerie, the plantation home of Napoleon's Empress Joséphine. An old stone...

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Le Carbet, Martinique

Cruise ships often sail past the village of Le Carbet, near where Christopher Columbus briefly landed in 1502. Nearly three centuries later, the village became the temporary home of French artist Paul Gauguin, who spent six months here painting...

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On the northeast coast, the diminutive Musée de la Banane is as fun a museum as you'll find anywhere. Set in an old stone banana-packing house, it tells the story of this major Caribbean cash crop. You'll learn about the many...

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Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
From racy zouk rhythms to biguine beats, Martinique hums with musical energy all year long. Get in on the action at one of the island’s music festivals. Carnival is a four-day celebration that spans the island. Traditions combine French, Creole,...
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Follow a dusty red road to this artsy village just outside of Les Trois-Îlets, and you’ll find a complex of adobe-style artists’ workshops, where local artisans create and sell traditional crafts like jewelry, hand-painted tiles, organic soaps,...
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Route de Balata, Fort-de-France 97234, Martinique

This botanical wonder is home to thousands of native plant species, including heliconias, hibiscus and bromeliads. Guests enjoy strolling around the three-hectare (seven-acre) grounds, where hundreds of palm trees tower over...