By Vexen Crabtree 2013
Overseas Region of Martinique
|Status||Proto Dependency (Overseas Region)|
|Location||North America, The Americas, Caribbean|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||MQ, MTQ, 4741|
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5
“Southern Martinique has great beaches, fishing villages and lots of activities to keep you busy, while the north, with its mountains and botanical gardens, is perfect for hikers and nature lovers. A slice of Gallic culture in the Caribbean, Martinique is an overseas département of France. While it´s noticeably more tropical than the mainland, there´s no denying the very French rhythm of life here. This is great for Francophiles, although it can also give rise to Martinique´s - at times - distinctly un-Caribbean air.
Volcanic in origin, the island is a mountainous stunner crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, which wiped out Martinique´s former capital of St-Pierre in 1902. Long luscious beaches, great diving and giant mountains covered in tropical forests are the main attractions here.
Far more developed than much of the Caribbean, Martinique suffers from uncontrolled urban sprawl in some places, particularly in and around the busy capital, Fort-de-France. Those wanting to avoid the modern world´s encroachment should head to the beautiful beaches of the south or to the mountains of the island´s remote north.”
As a territory of France I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
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(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.