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Petite Martinique, Grenada

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Petite Martinique is one of the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, which is a dependency of Grenada.It is 2½ miles away from Carriacou. With its 586acre and population of 900, it is smaller than Carriacou. Petite Martinique is much smaller, comprising about 9.8% of the total area and 30% of the entire population which is estimated at 10,000. The residents of this island live by boat-building, fishing and seafaring.HistoryThe first European founder of the island of Petite Martinique was a French fisherman called Mr. Pierre from Martinique. In the early 1700s, Mr. Pierre, left his home island of Martinique in search for new fertile lands to plant his crops. The island was owned by him and his wife ('Madame Pierre'), their children and their slaves. Hence, the largest village was named Madame Pierre after the wife of the French owner. It is thought that he figured that the isle was shaped roughly like Martinique so he named it Petite (little) Martinique.Colonial historyOn 27th Sep 1650, Jacques du Parquet bought Grenada from the Compagnie des Iles de l'Amerique, which was dissolved, for the equivalent of £1160. In 1657, Jacques du Parquet sold Grenada to the Comte de Cerrillac for the equivalent of £1890. In 1664, King Louis XIV bought out the independent island owners and established the French West India Company. In 1674 the French West India Company was dissolved. Proprietary rule ended in Grenada, which became a French crown colony.
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  • Palm Beach restaurant is a little gem. Friendly, low prices and superb cooking - and fast. Sit outside under small a small roof on the grass lawn and watch the ocean as the sun sets with a Pina...  more »
  • Popped over to Petite Martinique from Carriacou for the June Regatta, what a party!! Great entertainment during the day that flows on into the night. Was so glad that I was able to experience it...  more »
  • If you are looking for a quiet place to relax with no disturbances then that's the island to your vacation. Friendly people.
  • Very small island. Good anchorage.
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