Marigot

November 16, 2021

Marigot is the capital of the Collectivity of Saint Martin. For those who are unfamiliar, the overseas collectivities are first-order administrative divisions of France, similar to regions but possessing semi-autonomous status. As such, Marigot and the rest of the Collectivity of Saint Martin are considered to be integral parts of the country.

What Are Some Interesting Facts about Marigot?

Here are some facts of potential interest:

  • The Collectivity of Saint Martin encompasses about 60 percent of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Meanwhile, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands called Sint Maarten encompasses the remainder. Despite this, the Collectivity of Saint Martin has a smaller population than Sint Maarten.
  • As mentioned earlier, Marigot and the rest of the Collectivity of Saint Martin are considered to be integral parts of France. Thanks to this, it is considered to be a part of the European Union. In contrast, Saint Martin is not.
  • Once upon a time, the town was a fishing village situated on a swamp. It wasn’t until King Louis XVI of France had a fort built on a nearby hill that it became something more. Even now, the fort is a site of interest for visitors.
  • Climate-wise, Marigot has what is called a tropical savanna climate, meaning that it has humid weather that ranges from warm to hot in every single season. It is unusual in that it has less rainfall than most of its counterparts with the same kind of climate. This is because it is affected by the rain shadow of the mountains to its east.

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