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History and People of Basse-Pointe

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Date: 1635 to 1902
Location: Basse-Pointe, Martiniquemap
Surnames/tags: Basse-Pointe Martinique_du_Nord
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The Village

Basse-Pointe is located on a low, rocky point on the Atlantic coast of Martinique, thus its name.

The Indigine

At the time of the first arrival of Europeans, this area was home to many Indigenous people.

The Europeans

The first European settlers cultivated tobacco and cocoa, but these crops eventually gave way to the growing of sugar cane. After the final abolition of slavery in 1848, many immigrants from India settled here to work the cane fields.[1] In modern times, sugar cane gave way to bananas, which is now the primary crop of the region.


The eruption of Pelée

For a list of individuals who lived here, go to the category link above.


  1. This is the subject of a book by Raphaël Confiant : La Panse du chacal.

Note: I added this page to assist in a One Place Study of Martinique du Nord. It includes the communes around the base of Mont Pelée, prior to the eruption of 1902. The goal of my study is to add as many individuals from these communes as I can document, and to link them into the world family tree. I would also like to present as much as I can about the history, from the time of the indigenous people to the eruption of Pelée. I want this to be a resource for genealogists studying this region. Although the civil and parrish records have been scanned online, no one, as far as I know, is creating a digital index. I hope to fill that void. I could use help on this project from native French speakers (I am not), and others interested in Martinique. –Duane Poncy

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