Saturday, February 10, 2018

Statue of Historic Figure: Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc - Fort-de-France, Martinique

Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc
Fort-de-France, Martinique

N 14° 36.151 W 061° 04.126

Short Description: 

A statue of French trader and adventurer Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc is located at the southwest corner of La Savane in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

Long Description:

The identity of the statue in La Savane is identified as French trader and adventurer Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc by the website link

A 2.50 meter (8.2') bronze statue of Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc depicts the French trader and adventurer standing next to a large anchor on a 4 meter high, pink granite base on the front of which is a relief sculpture of a three-masted sailing ship. Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc is wearing a broad brimmed hat, belted jacket and knee high boots. He has a sheathed sword on his left hip. A coat is draped over his right arm which is bent to waist level. His left hand is shading his eyes as he looks into the distance. The monument was created by Marcel Gaumont and installed in the La Savane park on December 24, 1935.

Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc was born in 1585 in Alouville, France. Commanding a 14-gun brigantine with a crew of 40, he first sailed for St. Kitts where he founded a short lived colony in 1625. On September 1, 1635 he landed on the site of Saint-Pierre, Martinique with one hundred French settlers to create sugarcane plantations. On September 17 he formally took possession of Martinique for King Louis XIII.  He returned to St. Kitts where he died in 1636.

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