Martinique: The British Occupation, 1794-1802

In the years following their seizure of the West Indian Island of Martinique from the French, the British had the task of maintaining internal order and restoring the island's prosperity before handing their protectorate back to Napoleon's envoy.

Port Royal in the 1750sThe island of Martinique was generally considered to be the most important of the French colonies which yielded to a whirlwind British campaign in the eastern Caribbean, early in the Revolutionary Wars. Some months later, however, the Duke of Portland informed the occupation authorities that it was pointless for British merchants trading at Martinique to petition any further for exemption from the demands of French law.

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