Taking its name from an aquatic animal, Le Lamentin is a commune of importance located in the center of Martinique. Long uninhabited because of its maritime marshy area, the mangrove, the city is now an important industrial and economic zone of the island. With nearly 40,000 inhabitants, it has no fewer than 5 industrial zones, 2 BIAs and an oil refinery. It is also home to the largest shopping centers on the island. This lively town is crossed by the River Lizarde, the longest of the Martinique with its 33 kilometers. It is in this river that many manatees of the Lesser Antilles swam peacefully in the past. Considered sacred animals, they gave their name to the city after one of them washed up on the shores. The first settlers hunted them for their meat, skin and fat, and exterminated them in less than a century.