HAITI

ISLAND FUN FACTS

Capital: Port-au-Prince City is the capital of Haiti

Population: 11.3 million people

Religion: It is a prevailing Christian country, primarily inhabited by Roman Catholics, Pentecostals, Adventists, and Protestants.

Side of Street  Drive-On: As it is in most of the neighboring states, even here you drive on the left.

Currency: HTG (Haitian Gourde) and Haitian Dollar. Haitian dollar equates to 5 gourdes.

Language: French and Haitian Creole

History:

Haiti is a Taino term of Indian origin which means a ‘mountainous land’. rests on a third of the island of Hispaniola to its western side. The kingdom was reigned by Cacique/Taino Indian Chief when Columbus arrived. The arrival of the French subdued the indigenous inhabitants in the seventeenth Century.

African slaves from West Africa were imported to provide cheap labour in the production of raw materials. In a few years, Haiti became French’s richest colony and was recognized as the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’.

Haitians begun to resist the exploitation by the intruders and revolted against them around 1791-1804. In this spirit, Napoleon Bonaparte was ordered to sell Louisiana to the U.S in 1803, and as a result the United States territory experienced a great expansion.

Once they gained their independence in 1804, they renamed their habitat from Haiti to Saint Domingue.

THINGS TO DO

Places to Stay

Haiti Beach Resorts

Cap Lamandou Hotel

Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa

Hotel Cyvadier Plage

Getting There

There are domestic flights jetting in and out of Haiti from different airlines like the Sunrise Airways and Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Buses are the cheapest way to tour Haiti but not a comfortable choice. You can also hire a chauffer in a taxi or private car for city rides.