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Le Lorrain or Grande Anse, from its former name, is a town in the northeast of the island of flowers. The town is about 45 minutes drive from Saint-Pierre on the Atlantic side of Martinique. The nearest towns are Marigot, Morne-Rouge and Sainte-Marie, all within 10 km.

The Arawaks, who settled in the region in 1100, are the oldest people of Lorrain. They come from the north of South America and the Caribbean islands.

Lorrain was colonized by the French in 1635 under the leadership of Pierre Belain d’Esnambuc. They then exploited the soils of Martinique for the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco. The region then experienced significant economic and demographic growth between 1715 and 1753.

The official creation of the city of Lorrain goes back to 1840. Three years earlier, in 1837, Lorrain was made up of two distinct communes, Grande-Anse and Marigot. The latter was re-established in 1889. Today, Le Lorrain is a pleasant town, with a lush nature and about 27 different districts. Its population is aging and the unemployment rate among young people are very critical.

As far as economic activity is concerned, it was only in 1660 that the city saw the creation of the first sugar refineries and distilleries. On the other hand, the sugar crisis (1882-1886) hit the region hard, leading to the cessation of activity.

The city of Lorrain in 6 questions

How many inhabitants are there in Lorrain?

6878 inhabitants

What to do and see in Le Lorrain?

  • The war memorial presenting a hairy black man with a glib look confident in his guardian angel. The current monument was rebuilt in 1993 by Louis Reminy and is inspired by the old one without being a very faithful reproduction.
  • Saint-Hyacinthe Church
  • In Le Morne-Bois, the JOUAN mill is the last sugar cane mill on the island where the syrup is made in a traditional way.
  • In the Vallon district, the Ragald family’s flour hut has been preparing cassava flour for several decades.
  • The remains of the pre-Columbian civilization on the sites of Habitations Vivé and Fond Brûlé.

Surface area and density of the municipality

Area: 50.33 km2
Density: 137/km²

Information about the Town Hall

97214 Le Lorrain

Phone number: +596 596 53 44 22

Opening hours:
Monday to Tuesday: from 07h00 to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 17h30
Wednesdays: from 07h00 to 13h00
Thursdays: from 07h00 to 13h00 and from 14h30 to 17h30
Fridays: from 07h00 to 13h00

Where to sleep in Le Lorrain?

  • Le refuge du Bon Repos – Voie Communale d’Assier Bon Repos
  • Location de vacances Airbnb

Best restaurants in le Lorrain?

  • Koud’Pouss – Anse Charpentier
  • Le coin Lorrinois – Habitation Vive Nord 

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