Aristide Cap-Haitien Fondwa Henri Christophe Jacmel Milot Port au Prince

On the Road to Cap-Ha´tien


boats carrying goods on the sea to nearby island


rice fields in the central valley


drying the grain


houses constructed from sticks and mud


a happy pig


a religious procession


into the mountains toward Cap-Ha´tian


farm residence


Cap-Ha´tian is a seaport city


old town with cathedral in background

Cap-Ha´tien, also Le Cap, city and seaport, northern Haiti, capital of Nord Department, on the Manzanillo Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Cap-Ha´tien has a spacious harbor and is an export center for coffee, cocoa, hides, honey, and logwood. In the 17th century the Spaniards built on the site of Cap-Ha´tien a settlement that became a French possession in 1697. Under the French, who made it the capital of their colony of Saint-Domingue, it was a flourishing town, referred to as Little Paris.


nearby Sans Souci Palace

 From 1811 to 1820 Cap-Ha´tien was the capital of Henri Christophe, king of Haiti, when he ruled northern Haiti. The town was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1842. Population (1994 estimate) 68,000.

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