Martinique women of the Caribbean celebrating their African Heritage Day. Martinique which is an aboriginal home to the Arawak Caribs has about 97% of its population composed of people of African descent and it shows the time honored-endurance and resilience of Africans wherever they find themselves. It is a birthplace of the concept of Négritude created by the island’s beloved poet and elder statesman Aimé_Césaire. Blacks (enslaved Africans) were sent to Martinique by the French during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to work in the plantations. The blacks engaged in series of revolts between 1752, 1789-1790 (Thousands rebelled during the French Revolution), 1822 and 1833.
Martinique`s demographics shows total population of 396,941 with 357,246 being Africans and African-white-Indian mixture, 19,847 as Caucausians, whilst 19,847 are of Indian Tamil or East Indian, Chinese.
This Caribbean island with French flair is known variously as "The Isle of Flowers," "The Rum Capital of the World," and in literary world " The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aime Cesaire)" – by any one of its many names Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world.
Martinique is one of the twenty-seven regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the French Republic. As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the Euro. Its official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais).
Martinique`s cultural website has this to say about the Island "It was named "Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining" in 2009 by Caribbean Travel + Life, and "Best Caribbean Destination" (2010) The bay of Fort-de-France, the capital city, is among the most beautiful bays of the world. Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more.