From Porte d'Enfer to La Mahaudière (3d stage)
Trou a Man Koko
Trou du Souffleur
Be careful, do not go near the edge !
Pointe du Souffleur
Pointe "Tête à Boeuf"
Anse à la Barque
Route de l'Esclave : La Mahaudière.
The owner was then Jean-Baptiste Douillard Mahaudière whose, name remains connected to a famous judicial matter.
In October 1840, he was taken to court for the abusive sequestration of his slave Lucile, a seamstress.
She was accused by her master of having poisoned his wife. Lucile was thrown into a cell measuring 5 square metres; it was only 1.20m high, so she could not stand upright. She was kept there for nearly two years in almost complete solitary confinement. Denounced to the law in an anonymous letter, Douillard Mahaudière had to answer for this crime before the Pointe-à-Pitre Assizes. The King's Prosecutor, himself a settler and owner in Guadeloupe, found himself torn between his role as magistrate and the interests of the community to which he belonged. Under pressure from the settlers, Douillard Mahaudière was declared not guilty and acquitted. The slave Lucile was sold.
In the years following the abolition of slavery, the house slowly fell into disrepair. At the end of the nineteenth century, the conversion of its facilities made it into a large steam-powered distillery. The activity continued on the site until the beginning of the 1950s.
Setting off from the site of the Porte d'Enfer, follow the cliff trace which meanders southwards (the Senter des Douaniers then the Sentier du Souffleur) then head west across country up to the old residence La Mahaudière, destination of this third stage.
Source of information: Discours interprétatif de la Boucle du nord Grande-Terre - CANGT / AVPMC J.Barfleur, 2016.
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Be careful: there is a lot of sargasse (brown algae) in the lagoon at Porte d'Enfer.
Access and parking
At Anse-Bertrand, take the RD122 towards the site of the Porte d'Enfer.
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