climate is tropical as in the Caribbean islands but
Martinique is divided into two different areas. South is
dry and north is greener with rain forest and mountains.
The weather is hot and sunny with as colder and
rainier season from June to September.
the official language but islanders often use the local
Cr ole among themselves. English is typically spoken
only in the larger hotels and tourist areas.
|Currency:||The franc was the currency of Martinique
until 2002. It was subdivided into 100 centimes. The
French franc circulated, alongside banknotes issued
specifically for Martinique between 1855 and 1961 and
notes issued for Martinique, French Guiana and
Guadeloupe (collectively referred to as the French
Antilles) between 1961 and 1975.
|Population:||The estimated population of Martinique
is today of 436.000 inhabitants, for an average density
of 228 inhabitants by Km (in 2006). Composed primarily
of blacks or half-caste (nearly 80 %), originating from
Africa, coming from the guinean coasts for the needs of
the sugar cane culture during the XVIIth and XVIIIth
|Capital City:||Fort-de-France is the capital of
France's Caribbean overseas department of
Martinique. It is also one of the major cities in the
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