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Martinique

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Fort-de-France
Surface 1,060 sq km
Currency Euro (EUR)
GDP Purchasing power parity - $6,117,000,000
GDP/Capita (PPP) - $14,400
Language French, Creole patois
Religion Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 10.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Hindu 0.5%, other 3.5%
Government

Overseas department of France

Time Zone GMT -4 hours hours GMT
Telecom Code +596
Airport

Le Lamentin Airport (FDF/TFFF)

Driving On right hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 220V
Political Climate Stable country
Population 402000 people
History

Visited by Columbus, probably in 1502, the island was ignored by the Spanish; colonization began in 1635, when the French, who had promised the native Caribs the western half of the island, established a settlement. The French proceeded to eliminate the Caribs and later imported African slaves as sugar plantation workers. In the 18th cent. Martinique's sugar exports made it one of France's most valuable colonies; although slavery was abolished in 1848, sugar continued to hold a dominant position in the economy. A target of dispute during the Anglo-French worldwide colonial struggles, Martinique was finally confirmed as a French possession after the Napoleonic wars. In 1902 an eruption of Mt. Pelée destroyed the town of St. Pierre.

Martinique supported the Vichy regime after France's collapse in World War II, but in 1943 a U.S. naval blockade forced the island to transfer its allegiance to the Free French. It became a department of France in 1946 and an administrative region in 1974. Although the island has recovered from the extensive damage caused by a hurricane in 1980, France has continued its attempts to improve the economic life of the Martinique, which is plagued by overpopulation and a lack of development

Local Business & Service Providers
Accommodation
» Hotel Bakoua
Automotive services
» Antilles Voiture
Business travel
» Saint Martin Travel Agency
Corporate incentives
Financial services
» Credit Agricole
Financial Technology
» Cranes Banking
Intellectual Property
» Financial Consulting Group
Legal and fiduciary
» Ymeou, Konnaris & Co.
Lifestyle
» Read Fodor's Restaurant
Technology
Local Radio
» 106.1 Radio Transat
» 1310 RFO Radio Martinique
» 91.2 RCI-Martinique
» 99.5 Radio St. Louis
Local Weather Forecast
» BBC Weather
» Reuters
Government Agencies
» Chamber of Commerce and Industry
» Departmental Tourism Office of Martinique
» General Council
» Regional Council of Martinique
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