The Island of Hundred Mills

Marie-Galante is a small (158 km2 / 61 square miles) island about 30 km / 16 miles south of Guadeloupe. It is a dependency of Guadeloupe, a French overseas department.

It is known as the hundred mills island. Initially, a few ox-powered mills were used to extract sugar cane juice which then was used to make sugar or rhum. But with the introduction of windmills in 1780, this changed quickly. By 1830, there were more than one hundred windmills in use.

Nowadays however, only 72 mill towers are still standing, and it is rather difficult to find some of them. They might be on private property that make them inaccessible, others are overgrown and challenging to get to with a regular rental car. But some are well preserved and open to the public.

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Acien Moulin Ménard

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin d’Agapy

 

Picture of old windmill
Ancien Moulin de Bézard

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Nesmond

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Boulogne

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Desruisseaux

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Borée

 

Picture of old windmill
Ancien Moulin de Bellevue

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Ballet

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Roussel-Trianon

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin Les Basses with Palm Trees

 

Picture of old windmill tower
Ancien Moulin de Murat





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