Schœlcher

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Schœlcher
Commune
A statue of Victor Schœlcher, in Schœlcher
A statue of Victor Schœlcher, in Schœlcher
Location of the commune (in red) within Martinique
Location of the commune (in red) within Martinique
Coordinates: 14°37′N 61°06′W / 14.62°N 61.10°W / 14.62; -61.10Coordinates: 14°37′N 61°06′W / 14.62°N 61.10°W / 14.62; -61.10
Country France
Overseas region and department Martinique
Arrondissement Fort-de-France
Canton Schœlcher 1st Canton and Schœlcher 2nd Canton
Intercommunality Centre de la Martinique
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Luc-Louison Clémenté
Area1 21.17 km2 (8.17 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 20,260
 • Density 960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97229 /97233
Elevation 0–1,196 m (0–3,924 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Schœlcher is a town and the fourth-largest commune in the French overseas department of Martinique. The town was named Case-Navire until 1889, when it was renamed in honor of French abolitionist writer Victor Schœlcher.[1]

It is located on the west (Caribbean Sea) side of the island of Martinique, and is part of the metropolitan area of Fort-de-France, the largest metropolitan area in Martinique.

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