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Among the crafts people are jewelry makers, potters, and an artist who creates contemporary sand paintings using the many colors of local earth and stone.
Near the pottery yards is Maison de la Canne (House of Sugar) in an old sugar factory.
Ironically, it faces the colorful and intricately decorated Bibliothèque Schoelcher, named for Victor Schoelcher, an activist for the abolition of slavery in the French colonies.
The building was constructed in Paris and shown in the 1889 World Exposition before being disassembled and shipped to Martinique.
Created by a passionate horticulturalist, the Balata Botanical Garden (Jardin de Balata) near Fort-de-France, features more than 3,000 species of tropical plants and flowers that cascade down a hillside, past ponds punctuated with water lilies and lotus blossoms.
The busy market is a good place to find locally grown fruits and spices, as well as colorful beach towels; the craft market at the harbor is most active when cruise ships are in port.
On the opposite side of the bay, South of Fort-de-France, Les Trois-Ilets is a popular tourist area, with hotels, restaurants, and several attractions that illustrate the island's history and culture.
Here, you can learn about sugar production, and its history, from the slave trade to its later industrialization.
Pointe du Bout is a tourist center, where you'll find most of the hotels, along with boutiques, ice-cream parlors, and dining options.