Spice of life

The spices of life in Marigot market

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Few things rouse stronger patriotic feelings than national cuisines. Every Caribbean territory boasts about its own celebrated dishes, none more proudly than the French islands. Traditional French Creole cooking evolved in the Antilles, but has thoroughly international roots: fusing European, Amerindian, and West African techniques, and combining Caribbean produce with subtle blends of spices from around the world — such as those for sale in the market in Marigot, capital of French Saint-Martin.