|Area|| total: 1,100 km2
water: 40 km2
land: 1,060 km2
|Population||436,131 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||French, Creole patois|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 5%|
The island is dominated by Mount Pelee, which on 8 May 1902 erupted and completely destroyed the city of Saint Pierre, killing 30,000 inhabitants. In the South of the island, there are many beautiful beaches with a lot of tourists. In the North, the rain forests and the black sand beaches are worth seeing. The interior of the island is mountainous.