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HI!I AM KATIE ELIZABETH FROM GUYANA.I AM FOURTEEN YEARS OLD.THIS IS MY BLOG ON HAITI.HAITI IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BUT ITS ECONOMY IS HAMPERED BY POVERTY.


NATIONAL FLAG OF HAITI



A mostly mountainous country with a tropical climate, Haiti's location, history and culture - epitomised by voodoo, with its music, drumming and dancing - once made it a potential tourist hot spot. Instability and violence, especially since the 1980s, have all but killed off that prospect.



COAT OF ARMS


Full name: Republic of Haiti
Population: 8.4 million (via UN, 2006)
Capital: Port-au-Prince
Area: 27,750 sq km (10,714 sq miles)
Major languages: Creole, French
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 51 years (men), 52 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 gourde = 100 centimes
Main exports: Light manufactures, coffee, oils, mangoes


CAYES-JACMEL,HAITI


List of some Haitian dishes
'Diri ak Pwa' Rice and beans
'Mayi Moulen' Cornmeal
'Tasso et Banane Pézé' (Fried Beef and Plantains)
'Diri ak Poule' (Rice with Chicken)
'Diri ak Légumes' (Rice with Légumes, a vegetable mixture)
'Diri Colé ak Sos Pwa' (Rice with bean sauce)
'Diri Blan ak Sos Pwa Noir' (White rice and black bean sauce)
'Kanard Fri' (Fried duck)
'Kabrit' (goat meat)
'Chokolat La Kaye' (homemade cocoa)
'Diri Djon Djon' (Rice in black mushroom sauce)
'Griyo' (Fried boar/pork)
Haitian cuisine is a mixture of various cuisines, of a similar nature with fellow Latin American countries. It employs similar techniques with the rest of the Caribbean with influences from French, Spanish, and African cuisines, and a few derivatives from native Taino cooking.
Rice and beans in several different 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.
NATIONAL ANTHEM OF HAITI

La Dessalinienne

(The Song of Dessalines)

For our country,
For our forefathers,
United let us march.
Let there be no traitors in our ranks!
Let us be masters of our soil.
United let us march
For our country,
For our forefathers.
For our forebears,
For our country
Let us toil joyfully.
May the fields be fertile
And our souls take courage.
Let us toil joyfully
For our forebears,
For our country.
For our country
And for our forefathers,
Let us train our sons.
Free, strong, and prosperous,
We shall always be as brothers.
Let us train our sons
For our country
And for our forefathers.
For our forebears,
For our country,
Oh God of the valiant!
Take our rights and our life
Under your infinite protection,
Oh God of the valiant!
For our forebears,
For our country.
For the flag,
For our country
To die is a fine thing!
Our past cries out to us:
Have a disciplined soul!
To die is a fine thing,
For the flag,
For our country.



Haiti promised much as the world's first black-led republic and the first Caribbean state to achieve independence.
But decades of poverty, environmental degradation, violence, instability and dictatorship have left it as the poorest nation in the Americas.
Haiti achieved notoriety during the brutal dictatorships of the voodoo physician, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, and his son, Jean-Claude, or "Baby Doc". Tens of thousands of people were killed under their 29-year rule.

Haiti's most serious underlying social problem, the huge wealth gap between the impoverished Creole-speaking black majority and the French-speaking minority, 1% of whom own nearly half the country's wealth, remains unaddressed.

Many Haitians seek work and a better life in the US or other Caribbean nations, including the neighbouring Dominican Republic, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Haitian migrants.



A girl in Village of Peace, a seaside slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, holds the nearly hairless head of a plastic baby doll as she stands in the muddy alley in front of the tin shack she shares with her family .
Haiti has a tropical climate. The distribution of mountains and lowlands affects temperature and rainfall, causing significant climate variations from place to place. Rainfall varies from a high of 3600 mm (144 in) on the western tip of the southern peninsula, to 600 mm (24 in) on the southwest coast of the northern peninsula. Most of the rain in the southwest falls in early and late summer. Port-au-Prince, located at sea level, has a yearly average temperature of 27 C (80 F). In Kenscoff, located just south of Port-au-Prince at an elevation of 1432 m (4700 ft), temperatures average 16 C (60 F). The mountains surrounding the cul-de-sac trap air in the valley, making the air hot, dry, and stagnant. Vulnerable to hurricanes, Haiti has been struck by destructive storms in 1963, 1980, 1988, and 1994.



HURRICANE JEANNE HIT HAITI IN 2004.IT CAUSED MUCH DEVASTATION.


FLOODING IN HAITI DUE TO HURRICANE JEANNE
Business on the streets includes selling ice
and cane for eating.




Haiti's most famous monuments are the Palace of Sans Souci and the Citadel, inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1982. Situated in the Northern Massif Mountains, in one of Haiti's National Parks, the structures date from the early nineteenth century. The buildings were among the first to be built following Haiti's independence from France.



Sans Souci Palace






The Citadelle








Christophe, Henri (1767-1820), Haitian president (1807-1811) and king (1811-1820), born on the island of Grenada. After fighting at Savannah, Georgia, during the American Revolution, Christophe went to the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), where he joined with black insurgents fighting against the French in 1790 and became one of their leaders.






The black revolutionist François Toussaint L’Ouverture appointed him brigadier general. In 1806 Christophe and Haitian general Alexandre Pétion secured the overthrow of the self-proclaimed emperor Jean Jacques Dessalines, who was assassinated. In 1807 Christophe had himself proclaimed president of northern Haiti. A short civil war broke out between Christophe and Pétion. In 1811 Christophe proclaimed himself king as Henri I. His reign was tyrannical, but he improved the economy of the country.





Hispaniolan Trogon:NATIONAL BIRD OF HAITI


FLAMINGOES IN HAITI
Clearing forests for farms and wood for charcoal has stripped Haiti of most of its valuable native trees. Only some pine forests at high elevations and mangroves in inaccessible swamps remain. Semidesert scrub covers the ground in drier zones. Environmental deterioration has had a severe impact on Haiti's plants, animals, soil, and water resources. Tropical reefs surrounding the country are threatened by the large quantities of silt washed down from the eroding mountainsides. Coffee and cacao trees spread across the mountains in scattered clumps, while sugarcane, sisal, cotton, and rice cover most of the good farmland. Most of Haiti's native animals were hunted to extinction long ago. Caiman and flamingo are the most common wildlife seen today. Haiti's large population and the degree of deforestation already present seem to preclude the re-establishment of wildlife, although the climate would be hospitable to any tropical plants or animals.



CACAO TREE


Mature fruit of a Coffea species
The numerous rivers' most of which are short, swift, and unnavigable have their sources in the mountains. Only the Artibonite River, the country's largest, is navigable for any length. Haiti's inland areas include three productive agricultural regions, the Plaine du Nord, the Artibonite River valley and the Cul-de-Sac Plain. Saumre Lake, a saltwater lake in the Cul-de-Sac, is the nation's largest lake, while Pigre Lake, formed by a dam on the upper Artibonite River, is the largest freshwater lake.




MARDI GRAS IN JUNE


TRANSPORTATION


Chic restaurant


BEAUTIFUL HIBISCUS FLOWER


BEACH


URBAN AREA OF HAITI


Legislative Palace

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BOYS PLAYING IN THE GRASS


CHURCH IN PORT-AU-PRINCE


Airport of Francois Duvalier, "Papa Doc"


NATIONAL PALACE

THANKS FOR VISITING MY SITE.HAITI IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.IT JUST NEEDS HELP TO STRENGHTEN ITS ECONOMY.
VISIT MY OTHER SITES ON GUYANA,TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO,JAMAICA,ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES,MONTSERRAT AND VENEZUELA.


Town square in Jacmel




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