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Descriptor in English: Martinique
Descriptor in Spanish: Martinica
Descriptor in Portuguese: Martinica
Descriptor in French: Martinique
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900.600
Z01.639.880.600
Scope note: An island in the Lesser Antilles, one of the Windward Islands. Its capital is Fort-de-France. It was discovered by Columbus in 1502 and from its settlement in 1635 by the French it passed into and out of Dutch and British hands. It was made a French overseas department in 1946. One account of the name tells of native women on the shore calling "Madinina" as Columbus approached the island. The meaning was never discovered but was entered on early charts as Martinique, influenced by the name of St. Martin. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p734 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p339)
Annotation: an island in the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
History Note: 75
DeCS UI: 8567
Descriptor UI: D008395
Date Established: 1975/01/01
Date of Entry: 1974/11/11
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Martinique - Preferred
Concept UI M0013070
Scope note An island in the Lesser Antilles, one of the Windward Islands. Its capital is Fort-de-France. It was discovered by Columbus in 1502 and from its settlement in 1635 by the French it passed into and out of Dutch and British hands. It was made a French overseas department in 1946. One account of the name tells of native women on the shore calling "Madinina" as Columbus approached the island. The meaning was never discovered but was entered on early charts as Martinique, influenced by the name of St. Martin. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p734 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p339)
Preferred term Martinique



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