L’îlet Chancel is one of the nine islets of Robert. It is the largest of the islets of Martinique (2 km by 0.9 km). It has had a rather eventful history and has changed its name several times. At the beginning of the colonization, the islet was inhabited by the Caribbean Indians. In 1637, the Caribs ceded it to Madame Duparquet who named it “Ilet Monsieur”. In the 19th century, the islet was bought by a man named Chancel who gave it its current name.
On land, you can walk around the islet and observe the remains of a sugar dwelling, a dungeon, a pottery and a boiler house destroyed during cyclones. As you walk around the west side of the islet, you will see many remnants of the seaside pottery: walls, pipes, and kilns.
The site is bordered by the rather well-preserved lime kilns of the chaufournerie (lime factory). One features a circular staircase that allowed access to the mouth of the kiln where limestone and fuel were poured. The other, quadrangular in shape, has a ramp in good condition. Both were used to make the lime needed for the preparation of sugar and for construction, from the shells and corals plentiful around the islet.