Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1,128 km2 (436 sq mi). Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados.
The rums of Martinique, an island and French overseas department in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, are known around the world for their high standard of quality. The vast majority of the rum produced on Martinique is sugar-cane run, known as rhum agricole in French. Martinique has a reputation internationally of having, with Guadeloupe and Reunion, the other French overseas departments the first in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, and the second in the Indian Ocean, the highest quality sugar-cane rum in the world; all three islands are the global reference for rum quality.