Martinique's culture and history have a deep influence on the arts

 

In literature, major writers like Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, and Patrick Chamoiseau focused on Caribbean history and identity, while Joseph Zobel’s novel, Sugar Cane Alley, shows the harsh life of plantation workers a century ago.

In the fine arts, a group of painters founded the Caribbean Negro School during the 1970s to explore Martinique’s African heritage. A decade later, the artist group Fromajé sought to develop “a Caribbean aesthetic” that would convey “the strength of our roots, the memory of our people.”

Martinique’s history also resonates in the island’s mix of European, African, and Caribbean music. The quadrille originated in eighteenth-century France, whereas chouval bwa, bèlè, and zouk music all have Afro-Caribbean roots. Biguine is a form of ballroom music whose bèlè roots are evident in the drums and tibwas, but whose use of clarinets, trombones, and banjos recalls New Orleans jazz.

Visitors can also explore Martinique’s rich history and cultural heritage through an extensive network of museums scattered throughout the island and a more recent multi-artist installation of totem poles in the city of Saint-Pierre.

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Cathédrale
Designed by the architect Henri Picq, the Cathedral stands in the heart of the old and densely embedded urban city of Fort-de-France....

CATHEDRALE SAINT-LOUIS

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A place of retreat and community for monks, where one can attend mass every day from 5:15 AM and Sundays at 10:00 AM....

NOTRE DAME DU MONT DES OLIVIERS "BENEDICTINS"

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Bonneville garden is a floral and arborial site spreading over 1.5 hectares....

LE JARDIN DE BONNEVILLE

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This Creole plantation house and former distillery has been classified as a historical monument since 1996 ...

HABITATION CLEMENT

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Le Moulin du Val d’Or bears witness to the history of slave labor used in sugar production in the south in the 18th and 19th centuries, and...

LE MOULIN DE VAL D’OR

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In this 2-hectare park, at the edge of the forest, you can discover the old-time village with its huts and traditional plantations dating from the...

LA SAVANE DES ESCLAVES

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Want to know everything there is to know about bananas from the time they are planted to the time they are enjoyed? The Banana Museum welcomes you...

MUSEE DE LA BANANE

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Le Domaine de Fonds Saint-Jacques is a formed 17th century sugary plantation located in the municipality of Sainte-Marie. Our objective is to...

DOMAINE FONDS SAINT JACQUES

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Every paradise is a garden, and it's no coincidence if during their visit to the Jardin de Balata many visitors are overcome with great emotions...

JARDIN DE BALATA

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A zoo located in the exceptional setting of one of Martinique's historical plantations.

ZOO DE MARTINIQUE-HABITATION ANSE LATOUCHE

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An active naval base, Fort Saint-Louis is the headquarters of the Navy High Command for the West Indies and Guiana. First anchor point of the...

FORT SAINT-LOUIS