1766, a Year of Risks For Martinique #1/3 The Fort-Royal Fire in May

tanlistwa, gravure, vue de Fort-Royal, XVIIIe siècle

Fire of part of the city in May, hurricane in August, tidal wave and earthquake in September. I report to you what the archives tell us about these events of 1766, a black year for the city of Foyal and its inhabitants, but also for the whole island. For the first of the three episodes, I am interested in the fire that broke out in the night of 19 to 20 May in the town of Fort-Royal, leaving an entire neighbourhood in ashes.