Cap-Haitian, an overview of the City and its shape

Haiti got its name from the Arawak word meaning 'mountainous land', and the soaring, monolithic mountains, green and dotted by an assortment of trees, with very few visible settlements to interrupt nature's design on display in Cap Haitian, give credence to this moniker. However, Cap Haitian's man-made beauty also comes in the form of the streets and buildings where life abounds. Bustling towns, almost certainly overpopulated but opposingly free of traffic, pulse with a vibrant life-blood, set at the foot of these majestic hills which first met Christopher Columbus and his crew aboard the Santa Maria in 1492.


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Tourists will want to visit the two most known sites near the city, the Sans Souci Palace and the Citadel, but are almost certain to find beauty in the 19th century architecture, much of which is still visible today, the clean, neat streets, organized in a rather efficient manner, the murals and various other street art produced by native talent, the insouciant night-life which is said to rival that of Port-au-Prince and other stately buildings of ruin or import like the abandoned, nearby Fort Picolet or the old-world Spanish Colonial charm of the Cathedral.

What a visitor might not wish to see, but is also on display in the streets of Cap Haitian, is evidence behind the fact that it is the second most populous city in the country. Most of the residents are unemployed and the standard of living for them is nowhere near what is accepted abroad. Beautiful as the city is, it mainly tells a tale about one-time glory that has yet to be recaptured.

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