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Fete Champetre, Major Cultural Event in Haiti

Tourism has been on a substantial descent over the last 20 years. But one series of events, the Fête champêtre, continues to give hope to a struggling industry as tourists, local, from the Diaspora, and international, flock Haiti to witness the countryside festival.

One of the main avenues for entertainment to the 18th century elite, a Fête champêtre (a country feast or pastoral festival) was a type of garden party much loved at court. With pretensions to simplicity, the Fête champêtre was patronized by the well dressed, entertained by musicians hidden in the trees, as they enjoyed the beauty of landscaped park.

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Franck Sylvain Brief Presidency

Franck Sylvain, Haiti's 37th president, began life in his birthplace of Grand-Goâve. He earned a law degree, practicing as an attorney after graduation. He later was appointed to the bench as a Civil-Law Court judge, rendering a decision in favor of one of President Paul Magloire's intimate friends. For that political favor he was retained by President Magloire for further government legal matters.

Sylvain began his political career when he established The Crusade, a pro-active publication that raised the consciousness of the Haitian people about Communism's imminent threat to Haiti's struggle for democracy. He also headed a political party, Rally for the Haitian People, an underground organization.

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Grand-Goave: From Establishment To The 2010 Earthquake

The town of Grand-Goave in the Ouest Department has dealt with a lot of things since its establishment. Grand-Goave, which has 7 communal sections, is among the oldest towns in the country. It has been existing since the Amerindians' occupation. Back then, it was called Goave but it was renamed into aguava by Spanish discoverers in the 16th century. The name Grand-Goave was coined during the French colonization, when the town was divided with Petite Goave.

Since then, the town has survived many challenges and trials. It can be recalled that the 2010 earthquake that shook the entire country badly hit Grand-Goave too. Buildings and structures were severely damaged. According to reports, 90% of all buildings and infrastructure in the town were destroyed by the 7-magnitude earthquake, which claimed thousands of lives. Public offices and schools were among those that did not withstand the force. Not only that, the earthquake led to a massive landslide that eventually formed a dam near the Grande Goave River. This posed a threat to the entire town because the rainy season could cause the dam to release water straight into the community.

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