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Fort-De-France ( Français: Fort-De-France, Spanish: Fort-De-France, Deutsch: Fort-De-France, Русский: Фор-Де-Франс) - (The) city in , situated in Martinique region. According to the latest census, the city population is 89995. Geographical coordinates of Fort-De-France (WGS84): latitude: 14° 36' 32" N ( 14.6089 ), longitude: 61° 4' 24" W ( -61.0733 ).

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Capital, prefecture and commune
A view from the ship arriving from Les Trois-Îlets
A view from the ship arriving from Les Trois-Îlets
Coat of arms of Fort-de-France
Coat of arms
Location of the commune (in red) within Martinique
Location of the commune (in red) within Martinique
Location of Fort-de-France
Coordinates: 14°36′00″N 61°05′00″W / 14.6°N 61.0833°W / 14.6; -61.0833
Country France
Overseas region and department Martinique
Arrondissement Fort-de-France
Intercommunality CA Centre de la Martinique
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Didier Laguerre
44.21 km (17.07 sq mi)
 • Density 1,800/km (4,700/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−04:00 (AST)
INSEE/Postal code
97209 /97200 and 97234 (Quartier de Balata)
Elevation 0–1,070 m (0–3,510 ft)
French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Fort-de-France (/ˌfɔːr də ˈfrɒ̃s/, French: [fɔʁ də fʁɑ̃s] (About this soundlisten)) is the capital of France's Caribbean overseas department of Martinique. It is also one of the major cities in the Caribbean. Exports include sugar, rum, tinned fruit, and cacao.


In 1638, Jacques Dyel du Parquet (1606–1658), nephew of Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc and first governor of Martinique, decided to have Fort Saint Louis built to protect the city against enemy attacks. The fort was soon destroyed, and rebuilt in 1669, when Louis XIV appointed the Marquis of Baas as governor general. Under his orders and those of his successors, particularly the Count of Blénac, the fort was built with a Vauban design.

Originally named Fort-Royal, the administrative capital of Martinique was over-shadowed by Saint-Pierre, the oldest city in the island, which was renowned for its commercial and cultural vibrancy as "The Paris of the Caribbean".

The name of Fort-Royal was changed to a short-lived "Fort-La-Republique" during the French Revolution, and finally settled as Fort-de-France sometime in the 19th century. The old name of Fort-Royal is still used today familiarly in its Creole language form of "Foyal", with the inhabitants of the city being "Foyalais".

The city had its share of disasters, being captured by a British expedition in 1762, partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1839 and devastated by fire in 1890. At the turn of the 20th century, however, Fort-de-France became economically important after the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre in 1902.

Until 1918, when its commercial growth began, Fort-de-France had an inadequate water supply, was partly surrounded by swamps, and was notorious for yellow fever. Now the swamps are drained to make room for extensive suburbs.


Fort-de-France, also known as the Fort of France, lies on Martinique's west coast at the northern entrance to the large Fort-de-France Bay, at the mouth of the Madame River. The city occupies a narrow plain between the hills and the sea but is accessible by road from all parts of the island.

Fort Saint Louis seen from the sea

The frigate Ventôse can be seen behind the old fort


Fort-de-France has a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen Af), characterised by very warm to hot and humid weather year-round. The wettest months are from July to November when hurricanes are a frequent threat, although substantial rainfall occurs in all months. The hottest month on average is September, and the coldest month on average is February.

Naval base

Fort Saint Louis in Fort-de-France is a French naval base, as is Dégrad des Cannes (French Guiana).

Main sights

In addition to Fort Saint Louis, there are three other forts:

  • Fort Desaix
  • Fort Tartenson
  • Fort Gerbault

Other sites of interest include:

  • Place de la Savane
  • Schoelcher Library
  • Jardin de Balata, a botanical garden
  • Sacré-Cœur de Balata Church, a replica of the parisian Montmartre Church lodged on a cliff surrounded by tropical forest
  • Fort-de-France Cathedral

A statue commemorating Martinique-born Empress Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, is in the gardens of La Savane. It was vandalized in the 1990s, presumably by individuals who blamed her for supporting the reestablishment of slavery on the island. They removed the head and splashed the body with red paint.


Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport is located in a suburb outside Fort-de-France and is accessible via the A1 autoroute.

See also

  • Communes of the Martinique department


  1. ^ * Robson, Martin (2016). A History of the Royal Navy: The Seven Years War. London: Taurus. pp. 171–173. ISBN 9781780765457.
  2. ^ "Données climatiques de la station de Fort de France" (in French). Météo France. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Climat Martinique". Météo France. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Fort–de–France Desaix (972)" (PDF). Fiche Climatologique: Statistiques 1981–2010 et records (in French). Météo France. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Statue of Empress Josephine". Lonely Planet. 15 January 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • Mérimée database – Cultural heritage (in French)
  • Wikisource "Fort Royal" . The American Cyclopædia. 1879.
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