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Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: Saint-Pierre, Martinique

Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: Saint-Pierre, Martinique
Martinique, St. Pierre
Martinique, St. Pierre

Imagine that beautifully serene bay as a boiling cauldron of death. It’s hard to believe, but that was the case during the 1902 eruption of Mt. Peleé on the island of Martinique. Hot magma rising from the earth’s core and a pyroclastic flow speeding down from the mountain left nowhere to run. It was a tremendous tragedy costing the lives of over 30,000 residents in under 2 minutes. Steve previously told the story, so I won’t go into details, but the reason I bring it up is not to talk about death and destruction, but rather rebirth and hope.

I know it seems hokey. I can’t help it. Every other day, it seems like there’s another catastrophe of such epic scale as to boggle the mind. Looking at this beautiful little village, nestled between a peaceful bay and picturesque, green hills somehow lends a little perspective aided by over 100 years of time.

Of course, getting over disasters doesn’t just happen and the needs of those affected don’t end the moment a new disaster strikes elsewhere in the world, so consider lending a helping hand.

Your efforts may lead to the destroyed places of today being the healed, picturesque places of tomorrow.

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  • elisabeth

    I was born and grew up in Martinique. The village of St. Pierre was the closest city from where I lived. St Pierre used to be the capital of Martinique before it was destroyed by the volcano and now Fort De France is the capital. I miss it so very much. My father’s business was located in St Pierre and I will never forget how mty sister and i would sneak into his car after his afternoon nap just so we could go back to work with him and enjoy the beautiful walks of stone paved streets and stopping by my aunt’s grocery store and buy tons of candy and put it on our dad’s account. oh those were the days. I have not gone back to Martinique since 2002 so I think its time now.

    • uncommoncarib

      What a fabulous story, Elisabeth! I’m sure things have changed, but this is still a gem of a town in the Caribbean. You should definitely head home for a visit!

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