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Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince - description of the city:

Port-au-Prince is disposed on the shore of the picturesque bay of the same name, and it has a form like an amphitheater.The bay is a part of the Gulf of Gonaives.

The capital is not only administrative, but also educational and cultural center of the country. There is the largest seaport of the republic and the international airport.

The history of the town gained its name is quite uncomplicated. French ship Le Prince under the command of Captain Andre dropped anchor in a very picturesque bay on the west coast of the island of Hispaniola in September 1706th. Assessing the security and convenience of parking the ship, the captain took the decision to organize there a settlement and named it «Le Port du Prince». Time has changed slightly a transcription of the name, and now it sounds just Port-au-Prince.

Historical chronology of the state of Haiti and its capital comprises several centuries and full of dramatic events. Today, there is no documentary evidence of the life of the indigenous population before the arrival of Europeans. The only reminder, perhaps, is the name of the island-Haiti, which meant from the ancient language of Caribbean natives a mountain region. The first European foot touched the land in 1492nd. This merit is usually attributed to Christopher Columbus, who, during his expedition on the famous ship «Santa Maria» came to the island and named it Hispaniola (Spanish land). Since the beginning of the XVI century started the active colonization of the island. The atrocities of the colonialists led to the fact that within half a century there are almost no indigenous population.

In 1801st in Port-au-Prince the Constitution was adopted, declaring the colonies autonomy from the French Republic, and in 1804th-declared as full independence.

First and foremost, the unique colonial architecture is the most bright representation of the local flavor. There is also will be interesting to look at the Presidential Palace, visit the National Museum, which houses a rare artifact-the «Santa Maria» anchor.

Attract the attention of the tourists the old Catholic Cathedral of Norte-Dame and Cathedral de Port-au-Prince. Independence Heroes` Square, the National Palace, the Monument to the Unknown servant, Field of Mars-all are required places to visit.   

Country Haiti
International title Port-au-Prince
Population 1,234,742 people
Timezone America/Port-au-Prince
State Departement de l'Ouest
Geographic coordinates Latitude: 18.53917 x Longitude: -72.335

Photo Galery Port-au-Prince

Places to visit in Port-au-Prince

  • National Palace (Haiti)
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Port-au-Prince
  • Galerie Marassa
  • Port international de Port-au-Prince
  • Galerie Monnin
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-au-Prince
  • Haiti art museum
  • Musee Nationale
  • St. Trinitee church
  • TV Stations Nationale

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