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It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.6 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.
The region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people. Spain first discovered the island on 5 December 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. When Columbus initially landed in Haiti, he had thought he had found India or Asia. On Christmas Day 1492, Columbus' flagship the Santa Maria, ran around north Know now as Limonade. As a consequence, Columbus ordered his men to salvage what they could from the ship, and he created the first European settlement in the Americas, naming it La Navidad after the day the ship was destroyed.
The island was named La Española and claimed by Spain, which ruled until the early 17th century. Competing claims and settlements by the French led to the western portion of the island being ceded to France, which named it Saint-Domingue. The development of sugarcane plantations, worked by slaves brought from Africa, led to the colony being among the most lucrative in the world.
In the midst of the French Revolution (1789–1799), slaves and free People of Color revolted in the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804), culminating in the abolition of slavery and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte's army at the Battle of Vertières. Afterward the sovereign nation of Haiti was established on 1st of January 1804 – The first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, the only nation in the western hemisphere to have defeated three European superpowers (Britain, France and Spain), and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt.
The rebellion that began in 1791 was led by a former slave and the first black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture, whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into an independent country. Upon his death in a prison in France, he was succeeded by his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who declared Haiti's sovereignty and later became the first Emperor of Haiti, Jacques I. The Haitian Revolution lasted nearly a decade; and apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all the first leaders of government were former slaves. The Citadelle Laferrière is the largest fortress in the Americas. Henri Christophe – former slave and first king of Haiti, Henri I – built it to withstand a possible foreign attack.Port-au-Prince is the capital and most populous city of Haiti. The city's population was estimated at 987,310 in 2015 with the metropolitan area estimated at a population of 2,618,894. The metropolitan area is defined by the IHSI as including the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Carrefour, and Pétionville. The city of Port-au-Prince is on the Gulf of Gonâve: the bay on which
In addition to CARICOM, Haiti is a member of the Latin Union, the Organization of American States, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; it is also seeking associate membership status in the African Union and was a founding member of the International Organization of La Francophonie
HAITI or AYITI, Haïti in French or Ayiti in Creole, officially the Republic of Haïti is a sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere (North America). The country is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean.
A tourist is always highly welcome in Haiti, A Tourist man or woman is like a king or queen here in Haiti. Foreigners are highly respected and being treated appropriately, the more open is a tourist to Haiti the more welcome he or she is. Areas that are considered as remoted called you guys''Blan'' meaning ''White'' and the belief is that you guys are super rich, intelligent, good people.
A tourist will be attracted or even go crazy by what it seems to be normal or simple for a Haitian such as our culture or religion voodoo, our food, mountains, beaches, ocean, coconut water, pikliz, avacodo, mangos with 50 of varieties, grilled corn, Konparet, Tonmtonm, ponmket, dous makos, pate kode and a whole of others. Haiti is the untold or unseen paradise. There is really an unseen Haiti besides what you are watching on television.
A tourist always uses three words when summarizing what he or she understands about voodoo and they are: it's Interesting, Fascinating, Incredible. Haitian live the legend by being brave, resilient, strong, faithful, revolutionary, lovely and friendly
In 2014, the country received 1,250,000 tourists (mostly from cruise ships), and the industry generated US$200 million in 2014.
Under French influence a large number of the population was converted to Catholicism. However, some of them amalgamated certain features of their African religion with Catholic praactices and the resulting system, known as Vaudoo, it was illegal, discredited but now it is not. Voodoo has been officially launched as a religion in 2014 and even now has Its representative at the Parliamentary Chamber.
Various derivations have been given for the word ''Voodoo'' but there is no doubt that it is merely a word from one of the dialects spoken in Dahomey, denoting the moral and religious life of the race that speak that particular dialect.
Voodoo does not involve intentional blasphemy and that the presence of the Crucifix is far from being dishonoured as in rites of devil-worship and the Black Mass. There is a good deal of blood shed however, a number of minor ceremonies including the baptism of drums, comparable with the so-called baptism of bells in the catholic religion.
A Phenomenon can be a native falls into a trance, vested and regarded as a god. Proceeds to an altar, where he/she consumes certain sacrificial foods and drinks, and then makes a number of prophetic pronouncements.
A table set with Haitian cuisine
Haitian cuisine originates from several culinary styles from the various historical ethnic groups that populated the western portion of the island of Hispaniola. Haitian cuisine is similar to the rest of the Latin-Caribbean (the French and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Antilles), however it differs in several ways from its regional counterparts. While the cuisine is unpretentious and simple, the flavors are bold and spicy that demonstrate a primary influence of African culinary aesthetic, paired with a very French sophistication with notable derivatives coming from native Taíno and Spanish techniques. Though similar to other cooking styles in the region, it carries a uniqueness native to the country; many visitors to the island have mixed reviews of Haitian cuisine. Haitians often use peppers and other strong flavorings.
Haitian food is what makes a tourist not wanting to leave the country. As it is mentioned earlier it carries such a uniqueness that makes it incomparable to the others. And each and every single Haitian from the middle class or the mass can cook a complicated or complex meal.
Dishes tend to be seasoned liberally. Consequently Haitian cuisine is often moderately spicy. In the country, however, several foreign cuisines have been introduced. These include Levantine from Arab migration to Haiti. Rice and beans in several differing ways are eaten throughout the country regardless of location, becoming a sort of national dish. They form the staple diet, which consists of a lot of starch and is high in carbohydrates. Rural areas, with better access to agricultural products, have a larger variety of choices.[Ayisyen gen gou bouch yo]
One such dish is Maïs Moulu (Mayi Moulin), which is comparable to grits that can be eaten with Purée de Pois or (Sòs Pwa), a bean sauce made from one of many types of beans such as kidney, pinto, chickpeas, or pigeon peas (known in some countries as Gandules) black peas, red peas etc... Some of the many plants used in Haitian dishes include tomato, oregano, cabbage, avocado, bell peppers. A popular food is banane pesée (ban-nan'n peze), flattened plantain slices fried in cooking oil (known as Tostones in the Spanish speaking Latin American countries). It is eaten both as a snack and as part of a meal is, often eaten with Tassot and Griot (deep-fried goat and pork).
Traditionally, the food that Haitians eat on the independence day (1 January) is soup joumou or pumpkin soup. Haiti is also known internationally for its rum; Rhum Barbancourt is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Haiti, and it is regarded highly by international standards. Ougan or Voodoo priest uses Rhum Barbancourt during their voodoo ceremony.
Another phenomenon associated loosely with the Vaudoo cult is the existence of the famous Zombies. These work in the plantations, and carry out simple uninteresting duties. They show no signs of intelligence or feeling, they are undoubtedly in a comatose state. They are said to be dead persons, revitalised to some extent soon after death, and utilized in this peculiar way. Because natives of Haiti believe in this possibility, they often watch they graves of their newly buried dead for several days, until decay has advanced, for they hold that until this happens they can be dug up and made into Zombies.
Several hotels are opened, including an upscale Best Western Premier, a five-star Royal Oasis hotel by Occidental Hotel and Resorts in Pétionville, a four-star Marriott hotel in the Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince and other new hotel developments in Port-au-Prince, Les Cayes, Cap-Haïtien and Jacmel.
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Our Experiences with tourists tell us that Haiti is one the country with the most tourist destinations in the world, normal people believe so and magicians, free masons, voodooists or spiritual adepts both local and international believe that Haiti is Unique in many ways and is of course a very special or precious Island. There are hundreds of tourist destinations such as :
Each park has very a special history behind it. Some Parks have names related to the country's past and present history. There is a park for each and every single Hero and some have names that are strictly religious, knowing that 100% of the population is Voodooist and 70% Catholic, each catholic church has its own park so we have Place St Pierre, Place St Anne...There names can help you guess their history, we just mention names below and all the rest will described in a very specific documents, please check out the whole contents. Champ de Mars The main park of the country, the center of the town. Around you can Hotel Plaza, The Presidential Palace, a broken theater ''Rex Theatre'' and Paramount a theater that is recently repaired during President Martelly's mandate. Place vertieres that reminds us of ''Bataille Vertieres'' and The Battle of Vertières (in Haitian Creole Batay Vètyè) was the last major battle of the Second War of Haitian Independence, and the final part of the Haitian Revolution under Jean Jacques Dessalines. It was fought between Haitian slave populations and Napoleon's French expeditionary forces on 18 November 1803 to Saint Domingue to restore slavery for France. Vertières is situated just south of Cap-Haïtien (known then as Cap-Français), in the Départment du Nord. Place Boyer: Visit our page now if you want to know the story of this park.
The Haitian Carnival has been one of the most popular carnivals in the Caribbean. In 2010, the government decided to stage the event in a different city outside Port-au-Prince every year in an attempt to decentralize the country. The National Carnival – usually held in one of the country's largest cities (i.e., Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haïtien or Les Cayes) – follows the also very popular Jacmel Carnival, which takes place a week earlier in February or March.
Carnival songs title, subject or themes are mostly all about the country’s avancement, situations both political and social. In this case songs are bringing up messages highlighted some key problems or improvements.
This period is considered as a happiness time for many reasons. the micro-economy is enhanced meaning that little vendors, merchants or sellers profit a lot by enjoying the carnival in itself and selling all types of products like food, drinks, masks. Tshe private sector uses this period as the best time for advertising their companies or businesses by supporting financially some bands that usually decorating their trucks known as’’Cha’’ with their supporter logos and the products they represent.
Haitan women are mostly naked or dress in very teasing way and the men usually started preparing the carnival period by going to the gym regularly at least three months before so they can be all muscled-up when the carnival is happening. Each and every single Haitian carnival is remarkable.
How about children do they love this period? Oh yeah, as the Haitian national carnival first day is usually a Sunday, Monday and it ends on Tuesday. The Friday from that same weekend is the children carnival happening in each and every single school in the country except the ones adapting the protestant dogmas or concept.
What is more interesting than sitting or posting by the streets around 7am to see, contemplate the children, the kids dressing in different and very colour ways, sometimes representing a ‘’Loas’’ or voodoo spirit based on the definition of their dress code? They usually have a haitian made handy instrument tool called ‘’Chacha’’and happily they’re going to school to attend their annual carnival time know as ‘’Student Carnival’’. During this school day the children, the kids spend the days at school singing dancing, eating, listening to carnival songs and playing and more.
This document is very recent and will tell you about Haiti shortly, give you a walk through of the most areas we visited when giving tours including our experiences, references, and more. Let's learn some interesting things about this beautiful Island (HAITI or AYITI)
Haïti at a Glance
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