Victor Schoelcher, congressman of Martinique, is the the man who succeeded in ending slavery thanks to the decree he passed on April 27th, 1848. To pay a tribute to him, the city of Pointe-à-Pitre dedicated this museum of colonial architecture to him. At first, the collection was composed of a good number of porcelains that came from his father's factory and personal objects. But in 1928, a large part of it was destroyed during the hurricane. Then, the museum was enriched with different documents on slavery and engravings from the 18th century.
Guadeloupe Carnival begins on the Friday after Epiphany and ends on Ash Wednesday.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
People dress in colourful, impressive costumes for the processions and dances that take place for the whole duration of the carnival.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
Of a religious origin, the carnival provides Christians with a final opportunity to let their hair down and eat meat before starting forty days of fasting over the period of Lent.© Philippe Giraud
The carnival soon becomes a feverish swirl of vibrant colours, and the dancing never seems to stop!© René Mattes
Everyone can get involved in the noisy street processions that colourfully converge in the venues where the partying takes place.© René Mattes