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Definition of FORT-DE-FRANCE
city French West Indies ∗ of Martinique on W coast pop 94,152
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2006 est.: 90,347), capital of Martinique, West Indies. Located on the island's western coast, it was formerly called Fort-Royal and has been Martinique's capital since 1680. Until 1918, when its commercial growth began, it had an inadequate water supply, was partly surrounded by swamps, and was notorious for yellow fever; the swamps have since been drained. It is the French West Indies' largest town, chief port, and busiest commercial centre and has long sheltered the French fleet in the West Indies. Sugarcane, cacao, and rum are exported.