Fort de France is a Caribbean city founded in the year 1635, by French settlers. It was originally built around a fort, Fort Royal (today Fort Saint Louis). It was never a very important city because, despite its sheltered harbour, the surrounding land was very swampy. It was contested by the British and the French over time. However, when the capital of Saint Pierre was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the early twentieth century, the administrative capital of Martinique was moved to Fort de France.
The population grew drastically, and it has become an important berth for cruise ships. The city has several historic buildings worth visiting: the Cathedral, the Schoelcher Library, the archaeological museum, the theatre and the Bougneot Pavilion. One of the city's landmarks is the Malecon, against which is the park of La Savane, a meeting place for visitors and locals. The main street is the Rue de la Republique where you will find the majority of shops. Balata neighborhood, 7 km from the city, is worth visiting to see the Church of Balata Montmartre, a replica of the Sacre Coeur in Paris.
Le Carbet is located in [poi = 120117] Fort-de-France [/ poi] and Saint-Pierre, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea at the foot of the [poi = 120146] Mt. Pelée [/ poi] volcano. It has about 3,700 inhabitants who're called "carbetianos" and covers about 36 km2. It takes its name from the [poi = 119169] Carbet river [/ poi] and is where Christopher Columbus landed when he discovered the island of Martinique. The city has a well-preserved historic downtown, the extensive [poi = 119167] Carbet Cove beach [/ poi], and the Paul Gauguin Museum. Nearby, you can visit the Neisson distillery, Aqualand water park, and a 17th-century mansion called Anse Latouche which is surrounded by a botanical garden.