Anse Cafard Slave Memorial
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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High on a hill in southwest Martinique are 20 white stone effigies, silently facing Diamond Beach and the Caribbean Sea. They commemorate an 1830 catastrophe when a slave ship failed to properly anchor in Anse Cafard and careened into Martinique's Diamond Rock Mountain, killing many of the passengers and sailors as well as the slaves who were chained to the cargo hold. The chilling statues at this memorial are a popular stop and photo-op for many, and although the monument has suffered some wear and tear, you too won't be disappointed with the overall effect.
An IgoUgo.com user says the memorial epitomizes Martinique with its ocean backdrop and unique context: "To me, it also epitomizes exactly what a memorial should be -- simple and moving, both in and of itself and in the context of its surroundings," he continues. "It's an absolute must-see for any visitor to the island, history buff or not."
You can visit the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial at all hours of the day, any day of the week.