Boarding for Marie-Galante

Episode # 1: Boarding for Marie-Galante
Named Touloukaera (the island of red crabs) in the 3rd century AD by Amerindian Arawaks from the Amazon, the island was occupied from the 9th century by the Kalinago people from Venezuela who will call it Aïchi (land of cotton). The Europeans discovered the island on 3 November 1493 during the second expedition of Christopher Columbus, the latter will give him the name of his flagship Maria-Galanda. The first French settlers then settled on the island in 1648. It was one of the battlegrounds during the war which opposed the French to the English and was also a land of slavery until 1848, with the culture tobacco, indigo, coffee, cotton and sugar cane. Finally, on Sunday 3 August of the year of grace 2014, Choubaka landed for the first time on the Grande Galette. Then began a love story with this corner of tropical paradise. To be continued…