As a proudly Monority Owned Business, I'd like to share some of my heritage and background! I am a daughter of Martinique, French Caribbean culture is a big part of my identity. I believe in the importance of passing down cultural knowledge to our children. So let's celebrate our heritage and learn about other people's cultures!
My Martinique Grandparents
As an immigrant to the USA, I have met and got to know people from so many different backgrounds.
I love to learn about different cultures and find many similarities as well as differences with my own cultural heritage.
Here, I would like to share some history about my family and the island they come from... Martinique!
Where is Martinique?
Martinique is an island in the in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. It is part of the French 'Antilles' or West Indies. Martinique is not so far from the coast of Florida!
What is Martinique like?
With beautiful sandy beaches, coral reefs and wild life, Martinique also boasts mountains, extinct volcanoes as well as one active volcano, known as Mont Pelée.
Martinique's Culture and Languages
Martinique is a blend of French and Caribbean culture with a mixed population. In February, people celebrate Vaval also know as Carnival or Mardi Gras which looks and feels a lot like it's counterpart in Louisiana!
It's official language is French. Most people also speak Martinican Creole, based on French, Carib, African languages with some English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Coming soon to Cali's Books
French Creole - Six Traditional Songs
At Cali's Books, we love to share and learn about other cultures with our children!
That's why, I am in the process of creating an exciting new book with the help of my cousin's beautiful voice.
"French Creole" will include six traditional songs from different countries: Haiti, Louisiana, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Reunion and of course Martinique!
So keep an eye out on our new releases to get your copy of "French Creole"