Habitation Routa, Lamentin
|Coordinates: 16°16′N 61°38′W / 16.27°N 61.63°WCoordinates: 16°16′N 61°38′W / 16.27°N 61.63°W|
|Overseas region and department||Guadeloupe|
|• Mayor||Reinette Juliard|
|Area1||65.60 km2 (25.33 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||97115 / 97129|
|Elevation||0–0 m (0–0 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Lamentin is a French commune in the overseas department of Guadeloupe. It is part of the agglomeration of Pointe-à-Pitre, in the north part of Basse-Terre. Three islets are included in the commune: Christopher, Fajou, Caret.
Founded in 1720 in the commune's name comes from a French word for manatee (lamantin), a sea creature which used to inhabit the Lesser Antilles. In the 18th century, the commune underwent a boom, down to coffee, caco, cotton and sugar cane. In 1920, a cyclone destroyed the mayor's office and presbytery, which have since been rebuilt by Ali Tur.
Lamentin is home to La Ravine Chaude (The hot ravine), a thermal bathing centre.
- René Toribio (1912-1990), politician
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