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Handle-Bertrand is located at the extreme north of the Large-Ground.
HistoryThe name of the commune comes from the Handle-Bertrand, where the borough was established.
Called formerly “Handle of Saint Bertrand” the village was the place of refuge of the Caribbean Indians who fled the first colonists. In 1660, the governor Charles Houël, at the time of the treaty of Low-Ground, left with the Caribbean last this least fertile area of the archipelago: some 2 000 hectares between the point of the Large-Watchtower and the point of the castles. In 1730, there hardly remained but the 76 Caribbean on this territory. In 1825, only 7 families were still present, localized at the handle of Small-Portland cement.
There little by little, the descendants of the Caribbean yielded their grounds to the colonists come to cultivate the cane with sugar and cotton. Thus in 1790, one counted 12  there; cotonneries, 24 windmills and 21 sugar refineries. It is in one of them, Mahaudière (of the name of its owner Douillard Mahaudière) which had place one of the most famous lawsuits of the history of the Guadeloupe, opposing in 1840 this grower to Lucile, a marked slave to have poisoned his mistress.
The history of the commune of Handle-Bertrand is thus characterized by a late colonization and the slowness of its detachment of the district of Port-Louis detachment which will be carried out only in 1737.
It should be noted that if the culture of the cane always were presents, that of the Coton were much more important throughout the 18th century the next century is on the other hand that of sugar, so that in 1835, 73 % of the surface cultivateds are devoted to this culture. The low productivity of the grounds leads part of the dwellings of the commune to make crush its canes with the factories Bellevue and Beauport towards 1865, located on the territory of the common neighbor of Port-Louis. At the end of the 19th century, the factory of Beauport repurchases the majority of the sugar grounds of the commune and dominates the local economy until its discontinuance of business in 1990.
Economy & Culture
The economy of common rests on the agriculture and more particularly on the culture of the Canne to sugar. It still presents many aspects of this last rich person which one can see the traces through the various scattered windmills on the territory of the commune, such that of the Dwelling Mahaudière.
Tourist monuments and places
The commune presents extraordinary natural landscapes like:
- the Point of the Large Watchtower:
- the Door of Hell:
Handle-Bertrand was besides a privileged site of observation of the total eclipse of the sun of February 1998.
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