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Travelers-Guide

Getting Around In Haiti: The Great North

IN CAP HAITIEN:

 

Toussaint Louverture Square:

Actively public park is highlighted with a statue of one of the heroes who struggled for Haiti's independence. Toussaint Louverture was a former slave who rose to prominence as a general in the French Army and eventually became governor of Saint Domingue.

 

Vertières:

A magnificent bronze monument depicting the November 18, 1803 slave insurrection, which led to the overthrow of the French Army and the surrender of Cap-Haitien to Jean-Jacques Dessalines. This event marked the end of slavery and the birth of the first independent black nation in the new world on January 1st, 1804.

Monument of Vertières

Barrière Bouteille:

Impressive stone columns once marked the pathway into this city amidst the jungle, and now is the renovated entrance to the city of Cap-Haitien.

The Citadel Fortress:

A monument to black people's endurance built at the command of King Henri Christophe still dominates the bay of l'Acul, the same bay where Columbus flagship foundered and wrecked. The massive structure of the citadel took thirteen years to build and is large enough to lodge 10,000 persons. It holds numerous cannons along with 45,000 cannon balls. This is the largest fortress in the Caribbean.

 

Palais de Sans Souci:

The Sans-Souci palace was designed to be the equal of Versailles in France, and in its glory, it must have been a serious rival. Today, it is in ruins, destroyed by an earthquake in 1842 in the town of Milot, gateway to the Citadelle.

 

Cathédral of Cap-Haitien:

Built at the time of the Sans Souci Palace, the Cathedral is a well-preserved example of early 19th Century architectural style.

 

Labadie Haiti Beach:

Located in the secluded Pointe St-Honoré near Cap Haitien, Labadie beach - which is not an island - is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, nature walk. Cap Haitien Hotels can make trip arrangements to the stunning beach.

Labadie beach, Cap-Haitien

The Money Museum:

Located in Cap-Haitien, the Numismatic Museum introduces visitors to a comprehensive collection and progression of the unit of the Haitian currency including, the Gourde, coins and banknotes that have existed in Haiti from the period before the first European colonists to contemporary times. It was inaugurated in 2012 by the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH).

 

The Guahaba Museum:

Located in the town of Limbé, this museum gives visitors a close look at the pre-Columbian period artifacts from the Arawak / Taïnos, a tribe of peaceful Indians who originally inhabited the island  of "Ayiti," today's Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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