Flying from the Usa to the French Island of Fort-de-France is not so impossible because it takes too long, or is too expensive anymore. Norwegian is launching a new service route from Boston, NewYork and Baltimore. The best part…$178 round trip is the cheapest fare if you travel between December 2015 and March 2016. http://www.norwegian.com
Martinique is so beautiful! The quaint town of Saint-Anne is very welcoming, and the beaches there are truly some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The history in Martinique is rich and very wide like when you get a chance to see the “Anse Cafard Slave Memorial”
The Anse Cafard Slave Memorial has about 20 statues. They are very tall, just about eight feet tall. They have been there since 1998, it was done in memory of the enslaved blacks in the French West Indies. The statues are so massive and they are looking at the sea from the shore. It was built by Laurent Valere in memory of the African slaves that died in a shipwreck right there.
Since 1815, the importation of new Africans to the Caribbean became illegal. Traders then decided to sell their ships in the evening and at night to avoid getting caught but on April 7, 1830, a boat that was carrying Africans sank into the waters, right there on the Martinique Coast and most specifically right off the coast of “Le Diamant”. More than 40 Africans would drowned that night, stuck in the ship. The Memorial Anse Cafard is a memorial built to honor them. It was sobering to be there. I felt so small and touched by the souls and the memory.
Here is a photo of the “Anse Cafard Slave Memorial”