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“No one enjoys a good party like the French, and so it’s no surprise that the nightlife on Martinique is anything less than exquisite. With bars, cocktail lounges, and dance clubs, there is no shortage of opportunity for the fun-loving adventurer. However, when peak tourist season is finished, the nightlife options tend to subside.
Martinique does not really have any national teams to root for given the size of the island. However, there are plenty of facilities strewn about the island where locals often enjoy a pick-up game of futbol or volleyball.
Although Martinique may be a small island, it still shuts down as takes to the streets during Carnival season. Martinique is a little unique in that it hosts a pre-Lent Carnival (called Vaval), but also hosts several festivals during Lent as well. The party never stops in this French paradise.”
Boat racing is an ancient and popular sport in the Island of Martinique. Wooden boats were constructed with a main purpose for fishing, and also for racing for fun and competition.
In the present, this hype of this game has escalated and several companies extend their sponsorship to gain a crowd for marketing. Football is also one of the most celebrated games in the Caribbean. Most residents, especially men subscribe to a certain soccer team.
Women most times are lured by their men, husbands, or friends to support a team they desire. Whenever there is a match, the streets would go empty until when the game is over. Swimming, Cycling and Tennis are also additional sports that are occassionally organized in this Island of flowers.
The natives in Martinique have a unique Creole culture. With Creole language being the main language, it forms an essential medium of the state's rich tradition. Martinique poet Aime Cesaire steered culture growth named Negritude towards the end of 1920.
The goal of the movement was to restore Africanism as it was, before France came into power. Among the positive outcome of the Negritude is a blooming growth in music, dance, art, literature, plus legalization of the Creole culture enacted by Cesaire (who served as Mayor of Fort de France).
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Martinican cuisine was a mix of Creole and French recipes, featuring hot pepper commonly referred to as 'piment'. It's market centres flock with various fruits and vegetables such as guava, mangoes, apples, coconuts,passion fruit, yams, cabbage, manioc breadfruit, and gumbo.
Seafood forms a large portion of their meals. The common delicacy being fish dipped in a thick tomato stew. Presently, many households are embracing imported meats and poultry. Vegetable soup with crab, gumbo, and 'Matoutou' which is rice and spicy crab is a meal commonly served during Easter and other special times.
On Saint days, you'll find many persons doing fried veggies or fish cakes as appetizer,with goat mutton or chicken curry surfacing in the main meals. 'Ti-punch' a popular drink with sugarcane and flavoured with sweet lemon, 'planteur' which is any fruit juice, plus 'shrubb' made with tangerine and marinated orange are great drinks that always light up the mood of every gathering.
“International carriers with flights direct to Martinique’s modern Aimé Césaire Airport (FDF) include Air Caraibes, Air France, Corsair, Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines and Norwegian. Direct flights from Miami to Martinique are available on Air France and American Airlines. Norwegian also offers nonstop flights from New York, Boston and Baltimore/Washington D.C. With plenty of options available from many international destinations, flying to Martinique is just as convenient as it is relaxing.
If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of flights and airports, you can instead indulge your luxurious side on an inclusive cruise to Martinique. When you want to explore the beautiful Caribbean jewel that is Martinique, you can rent a car and explore this tropical French paradise like a true local.”
Capital: Fort De France
Population: Approximately 500 000 inhabitants
Religion: Roman catholicism was predominant during the French rule. Currently, there is evident growth in evangelical Protestantism (Seventh day Adventists). Other religions in Martinique include the Jewish, Bahai, and Muslims.
Language: French, Martinican Creole, and Antillean Creole
The native term for Martinique is ‘Madiana’ which means the ‘Island of Flowers’. The island was also nicknamed ‘Jouanacaera’ which refers to ‘the island of iguanas’. Christopher Columbus discovered Martinique in 1502 at a time when the area was dominated by Indians.
In 17th century 'Compagnie des iles d'Amerique' colonized Martinique. Around 1636, King Louis the 13th authorized slavery in French Antilles. This action was a catalyst for the onset of colonization, where natives battled with the French. The climax of the battles was 'the battle of 'Rocher du Diamant'.
In 1845, the French recovered the Island, and when Napoleon war was over, the state experienced stability. Despite the conflicts, slavery was still on even when other regions like Guadeloupe had abolished it.
Between 1816 and 1848, Martiniqans experienced a series of revolts. By 1948, slavery was wiped out of Martinique by the Minister of Foreign Territories, Victor Schoelcher.
In March 1902, Saint Pierre, the capital of Martinique faced a natural destruction from a fatal eruption of Mt. Pelee which claimed the lives of all 30,000 inhabitants. since then, the capital was moved to Fort De France.
In 1946, Martinique was honored as a French territory and from 1982 other areas have always regarded Martinique as a French region
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