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At about 10 kilometres north from Morne-à-l’Eau you’ll find the small village of Petit-Canal. The story of this town is a pretty sad one: in the 19th century Petit-Canal was a flourishing place. Two big sugar-factories brought a lot of wealth and labour to the town.
Because the village was built a little bit inland, on top of a hill, a canal needed to be dug out to cover the distance from the village to the coast. Large steps were also built from the hill down to the harbour. Lots of slaves were used to make all this possible, and since the area is in the middle of the mangroves, lots of them died while working.
When the factories closed their gates in the beginning of the 20th century, the canal lots its purpose, and so did the steps. The canal today is only used as a shelter for some fishing boats when a storm is expected, and the steps became an impressive slavery-symbol named “Les Marches des Esclaves”, the Slave-steps.
Directions: On the road from Morne-à-l'Eau towards Anse Bertrand
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