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The history of Martinique housing

Visit Martinique, is to appreciate the richness of a unique natural heritage of its kind. You will discover a local habitat heavily influenced by a succession of several parameters, including the period of colonization and the abolition of slavery. The evolution of habitat from Martinique and classic Caribbean cases to local traditional huts, through the sugar plantations that have forged the reputation of the island.


© Crédit photo Martinvarsavsky

Carib cases

According to the history of Martinique, the Caribbean cases already existed before the first settlers arrived on the island in 1635. They consisted of a main building for common use with a length between 30 and 100 feet where held regular meetings called hut. In general, this type of housing is manufactured with forks of trees planted in the ground and attached with wood pieces that serve to support rafter. The assembly is covered with reeds or leaves latania.

The boxes colonists

The boxes colonists are emerging in the early years of colonization of the island. Covered only with reeds, the boxes for the use of simple inhabitants are equipped with low rooms divided into two or three departments: a room available, a dining room and a pantry.

The house-candy

Referring to a farm in itself, the sugar plantation in Martinique includes several buildings in a single property. Considered the dominant element of the domain, the main house or principal house is distinguished from other buildings by its size and its location in height. Today, several farm houses are still carefully preserved and open to the public, such as housing Clement reached with a car rental Martinique. The field will be completed by the so-called Negro cases, that is to say of the boxes designed for slaves. They feature a very simple structure and manufactured with rather rudimentary materials. In most cases, they are grouped in a single district and are built in line and geometrically spaced by streets.


The traditional case of Martinique

The abolition of slavery has promoted the creation of traditional Martinican case. At that time, local people took the initiative and responsibility of its habitat. Each building his case on his own plot of land. Rectangular in shape, the traditional case of Martinique has a two-sided roof that drops to ground level. The interior spaces are established for them in two pieces. The first outward, serves as dining room or meeting room, and the second bedroom. The Martinique cases are mostly made of wood. Contact our car rental agency to discover Martinique.

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