Plantation Abitacion Seron
Martinique,

The Abitacion Seron plantation is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Martinique, on the Caribbean coast, 5.5 km from the town of Le Prescher and 16.5 km from the city of Saint-Pierre. A 17th-century sugar plantation with a mansion, sugar factory ruins and a huge park is one of Martinique's most visited attractions. Founded in 1658 by the French settlers, the Abitacion Seron plantation was one of the most prosperous on the island. Sugar cane, cocoa and cassava were grown here, the plantation owners owned a large number of slaves who worked on the plantation and sugar factory. A small cassava flour factory, a forge, a cooper and a carpentry workshop also functioned here. In 1902, a plantation located at the foot of the Montagne-Pele volcano was destroyed as a result of its strongest eruption. By 1930, the once prosperous estate fell into complete decline. In the middle of the 20th century, the new owners rebuilt the house and opened a Creole restaurant, and the huge garden with the ruins of the sugar factory was turned into a tourist attraction. A small river flows through the garden, originating on the top of the Montagne-Pele mountain, centuries-old trees and many tropical plants grow here. The main attraction of the garden is the huge Samanian tree (rain tree). The tree has been over 250 years old; its spreading crown has protected cocoa trees grown on the plantation from the scorching sun. The tree, which survived several hurricanes that hit Martinique, and the eruption of the volcano, is considered a symbol of the Abitacion Seron plantation. While walking in the garden, visitors can also see the ruins of a sugar factory, find out how sugar and cassava flour were produced on the plantation in the XVII-XVIII centuries, see exotic plants, many of which are endemic to Martinique. The house is closed for visitors - the current owners of the estate live in it. Former slave huts are remodeled and converted into a shop and restaurant serving traditional cuisine. The main dish in the restaurant is crayfish, which live in dams with clear water located on the plantation.

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