Meet the People

The first census in 1750 reported a population of 199 people in Carriacou. This grew to 86 Europeans and 3,153 African slaves (excluding freed slaves) by 1776. As a result of seamanship, smuggling and other practices, the inhabitants of Petite Martinique have emerged as one of the wealthiest islands per capita in the West Indies. The surnames of most Petite Martiniquians link to French settlers, while some Carriacouans can identify the African tribe they originated from.