Overview of the evolution of a city block in Fort-de-France (Martinique, France)
Author(s): Emmanuel Moizan
In the centre of Fort-de-France, a 2012 archaeological dig conducted by INRAP revealed several large-scale construction phases that took place between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The primitive late 17th century facilities suggest they serviced the urban island. Urbanization occurred during the 18th century with the construction of a first series of buildings which were likely for the Intendant. In the middle of the century, a new building, referred to as the Palace was established. During construction, a sandy deposit reflects the effects of a tsunami. It might correspond to that which followed the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon. In the middle of the 19th century, a final phase of construction suggests a substantial building for the Direction of the Interior. The results of this intervention allow us to better understand the evolution of this island and to combine iconographic and archaeological data.
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Overview of the evolution of a city block in Fort-de-France (Martinique, France). Emmanuel Moizan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437407)