Fort-de-France is the capital of the French island of Martinique, in the West Indies. It is known for its colonial architecture, wrought iron balconies, tropical flowers and beaches. The Savannah is a garden with a statue of the wife of Napoleon I, Joséphine, from the island. The Schœlcher Library, Belle-époque style, is nearby. A statue of the man whose name is given to the building, Victor Schoelcher, adorns the front of the courthouse, with neoclassical architecture.
The exhibitions of the Museum of Archeology and Prehistory of Martinique are devoted to the history of the island, including the pre-Columbian period. In a colonial building, the Regional Museum of History and Ethnography houses period furniture, jewelery and historical documents. The Saint-Louis Cathedral is an iron building dating from the Industrial Revolution. Fort Saint-Louis, built in the 17th century, overlooks the city from a rocky outcrop. Forest trails connect the Fontaine Didier waterfall to the Absalon spa, located outside the city. To the north, the Balata Garden is a tropical garden with orchids and hanging bridges.