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Territorial Collectivity of Martinique celebrates Fourth Centenary of the arrival of “Carpentras Anonymous” (April 1619 – April 2019)

By France Caraibe Broadcast

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(PRESS RELEASE) — Until this year 2019, we did not know his name, hence the term “The Anonymous”.

This character has left a story of his trip to the Caribbean Sea, a manuscript found in the library of the diocese of Carpentras, in the south of France, hence the name “Carpentras”.

This manuscript is valuable because it is the first complete story of an expedition of pirates and buccaneers in the Caribbean Sea, which, besides Martinique, has also approached Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados

This manuscript was found, transcribed, reviewed, annotated, commented by Jean-Pierre Moreau, archaeologist, and
published under the title: « Un flibustier français dans la mer des Antilles » (“A French buccaneer in the Caribbean Sea”).

Jean Pierre Moreau

The expedition, in which participates the Anonymous, leaves the port of Dieppe in France on June 20, 1618 with four ships.

Men along the coast of Africa (Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands), cross the ocean (crossing the line) to meet in the northeast of Brazil (Pernambuco or Recife), then go back to the north: Lesser Antilles and Greater Antilles.

They stayed ten months in the French island and it is one of the oldest known documents on Martinique.

The interest of this manuscript is to make better known the first contacts between Caribbean (Kalinas) and French, with the description of the fauna, flora, landscapes and inhabitants.

For a long time it was thought that after the discovery of the French island by Christopher Columbus there was nothing happening in the archipelago before the French Belain d’Esnambuc landed on St Kitts (St Kitts) then Martinique. With this text we know how these navigators, in turn buccaneers, traders, hunters, gatherers, planters, were organized.

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