Lamentin

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Lamentin
Habitation Routa, Lamentin
Habitation Routa, Lamentin
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Location of Lamentin
Coordinates: 16°16′N 61°38′W / 16.27°N 61.63°W / 16.27; -61.63Coordinates: 16°16′N 61°38′W / 16.27°N 61.63°W / 16.27; -61.63
CountryFrance
Overseas region and departmentGuadeloupe
ArrondissementBasse-Terre
CantonLamentin
Government
 • MayorReinette Juliard
Area
1
65.60 km2 (25.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2013)
16,268
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−04:00 (AST)
INSEE/Postal code
97115 /97129
Elevation0–0 m (0–0 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Lamentin is a French commune in the overseas department of Guadeloupe. It is part of the agglomeration of Pointe-à-Pitre, in the north part of Basse-Terre. Three islets are included in the commune: Christopher, Fajou, Caret.

History[edit]

Founded in 1720 in the commune's name comes from a French word for manatee (lamantin), a sea creature which used to inhabit the Lesser Antilles. In the 18th century, the commune underwent a boom, down to coffee, caco, cotton and sugar cane. In 1920, a cyclone destroyed the mayor's office and presbytery, which have since been rebuilt by Ali Tur.

Tourism[edit]

Lamentin is home to La Ravine Chaude (The hot ravine), a thermal bathing centre.

Education[edit]

Public preschools include:[1]

  • Ecole maternelle le Verger de Castel
  • Ecole maternelle Julien Chabin
  • Ecole maternelle Blanche Pierre
  • Ecole maternelle Pierrette

Public primary schools include:[1]

  • Ecole primaire Bourg 1 Lamentin
  • Ecole primaire Bourg 2 Lamentin
  • Ecole primaire Castel
  • Ecole primaire La Rozière
  • Ecole primaire Pierrette
  • Ecole primaire Vincent

Public junior high schools include:[2]

  • Collège Appel du 18 juin

Public senior high schools include:[2]

Personalities[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Lamentin at Wikimedia Commons