Martinique is an island situated south of Dominica and north of St Lucia (14 deg 40’ N and 061 deg 01’ W) that was inhabited by the Sarawak’s over 2000 years ago and 1000 years later were exterminated by the war loving Caribs.
When Colombo arrived in 1502, he was not interested in the island where people wore bananas for ear rings so he left it for the French while he pursued other treasures and richer clients.
The French established their first colony in 1635 and developed the fertile land of the island with slaves from Africa.
The variety of food served in Martinique reflects the influence of African, European, Asian and Indian, taking advantage of the variety of spices and fresh produce all year around Martinique has developed a cuisine unique to this region.
The French and the British took turns in the ownership of the island 14 times over a period of 150 years but the culture has remained mostly French