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Colonized by France in 1635, the island has subsequently remained a French possession except for three brief periods of foreign occupation.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 432,900 (July 2005 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Martiniquais (singular and plural)

Nationality (Adjective): Martiniquais

Official Language(s): French

Major Languages Spoken: French

Map of Martinique

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Department of Martinique

Country Name (short form): Martinique

Country Name (local long form): Departement de la Martinique

Country Name (local short form): Martinique

Name of Capital: Fort-de-France

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Martinique: St. Lucia, Dominica

Land Area: 1060 sq km

Water Area: 40 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly more than six times the size of Washington, DC

Total Land Boundry: 0 km

Coastline: 350 km

National Holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)

International Phone Code: 596

Currency Code: euro (EUR)

Internet Country Code: .mq

US Embassy Location: none (overseas department of France)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none (overseas department of France)


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