Grande-Rivière-du-Nord Modernization Will Bring Tourist Dollars
In the Nord Department of Haiti lies Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, part of its Arrondissement that observed the 300th anniversary of its founding at St. Rose de Lima Church.
The city is one of the few places in Haiti to possess a large population of people living to 100 years of age. No one knows exactly why, but future studies may give up some answers.
A place of historical interest in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord is Gallifet Plantation where Haiti's slave revolt began, motivated by Voodoo rites.
Many of Haiti's rulers have been born in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, among them first ruler, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. It has also been the birthplace of Haiti's intelligentsia: Jean Price Mars, who pioneered the Negritude movement, inspiring the Black is Beautiful slogan of the 60s.
The city also contains an excellent private school that rivals schools like England's Eton. Two religious orders run the school.
Its environment has avoided deforestation plaguing most of the country, it delivers superior healthcare services, and provides mountain spring drinking water.
But downsides exist. A population of 5,000 inhabitants, mostly poor, does not get educated. And no industry sector exists, causing population migration for jobs.
However the government of Haiti (GOH) has begun funding infrastructure projects, bringing jobs to town, spending $4 million USD to urbanize the city.
It's been more than half a century since GOH has paid attention to Grande-Rivière-du-Nord. But now the town will be able to attract more of the tourist trade than it has in the past.
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