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Land area: 1,128 km² (436 mi²).
Population (2016 est.): 376,480.
Capital city: Fort-de-France
Monetary unit: Euro
Language: In Martinique the spoken language is Creole patois, French and the written language is French.
Ethnicity/race: The majority of Martinique's population is of African heritage, mixed with some French, Carib Indian, Indo-Martiniquas (descendants of 19th century Indian immigrants), Lebanese, and Chinese.
National Holiday: July 14 - National Day - Fête Nationale.
Religion: Roman Catholic; there are smaller numbers of Protestants (mostly Seventh-day Adventists).
Martinique is a Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences.
Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, narrow streets and La Savane, a garden bordered by shops and cafes. In the garden is a statue of island native Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Photo by Fabien Lebre on Unsplash
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