Fort-Liberte In The Nord Department Of Haiti


The City of Fort-Liberte

Fort-Liberté is located in Haiti's Nord-Est-Department. In Haiti, it is the oldest country and Haiti got its independence here on November 29,1803. The Dominican Republic is located close to its border. Around 11,465 people inhabit the place. The language spoken in the region is Creole. Hurricanes, storms and sunshine are all experienced bringing changes in temperature.

How It Got Its Name
Indians inhabited the region originally after which the Spanish colonists came. In 1578 they found the city of Bayaja and in 1605 abandoned it. In 1732 the French reoccupied it as Fort-Dauphin. In 1764, Spanish forces captured it and in 1801 shortly, after independence was declared in 1803, it was restored to the French.

After name changes in a succession, including Bayaja in 1578, Fort Dauphin in 1732, Fort St. Joseph in 1804 and Fort Royal in 1811, in 1820 it got the name Fort-Liberte, finally. The Haitian Voodoo and Roman Catholic communities inhabit here.

Sightseeing opportunities at Fort-Liberte include the Royal Port at Puerto Real town and the 1731 constructed fort at Laferrière built under the directives of the King of France, Louis XV. Two hills, mangrove forests, reefs and a sandy beach can be seen between the Point Yaquezi and Fort-Liberte Bay coastline.

Perches, Ferrier and Fort-Liberte are the three municipalities of the arrondissment. Coffee is largely produced here. Charcoal is obtained from heavily exploited pine trees. Forts of the colonial era are in ruins here. It is Saint Domnigue's natural harbor. The French used it as a naval base and the bay was well guarded by four forts.

Trade and economy
Economy and trade of the region depend on agriculture encompassing pineapple, cotton, sisal, sugarcane, cocoa, logwood, honey and coffee plantations. Major water source of the town is the Marion River. Climate is nice and pleasant with cool breezes from the ocean.

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Roger Chatelain says...

I used to go to school there in the 1950's.Good memories

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