Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 432

Saint-Pierre Fort-de-France The capital of Martinique is Fort-de-Prince and many of the island’s visitor’s adventures start here. One of the most famous island natives was Napoleon’s Empress Josephine. A headless statue of her can be seen in vandalized form due to her stance on preserving the slave trade. Although the statue was restored many times, any further attempts have been stopped. Full of history, the capital is the perfect place to start your exploration of the island. Photo Credit: Iva Balk Once, Saint-Pierre was the island’s main port and was known as the Pearl of the West Indies until 1902 when the nearby Mount Pelée volcano erupted and destroyed it. Today a new town has been built amid the ruins of the old one and offers dramatic views of the volcano. A one room Volcanological Museum (Musée Volcanologique) displays some recovered remnants from before the eruption and serves as a reminder to all of its destructive power.