10 Mind-Blowing Geographic Facts about Haiti

Geography has played an important role in Haiti’s history. Here are 10 mind-blowing facts about Haiti’s geography :

1. Haiti is the third largest caribbean country after Cuba and the Dominican republic.

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2. The island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

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3. Haiti is divided into 10 departments .

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  • Grand’ Anse
  • Nippes
  • North
  • North East
  • North West
  • Center
  • West
  • South
  • South East

4. Haitian Creole, one of the official language in Haiti, has three main geographical dialects an its uncommon for Haitian to speak more that one of them.

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  • Nothern dialect spoken in Cap-Haitian (second biggest city in Haiti)
  • Central dialect spoken in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince
  • Southern dialect spoken in the area of  Les Cayes (province in south of Haiti)
  • The island used to be called Hispaniola before it divided into Haiti and Dominican Republic .

5. Haiti also owns 6 other offshore islands.

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  • Gonâve Island
  • Île-à-Vache translated as The Cow Island
  • Les Cayemites composed of  Grand Cayemite and Petite Cayemite
  • Tortuga Island translated ad The Turtle Island
  • Grande Caye
  • Navassa Island – governed by Haiti and the United States

 

6. Haiti is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean and its highest point is Pic la Selle, at 8,793 ft.

Pic la Selle

Pic la Selle , Haiti

7.  The Artibonite River is the longest river in Haiti. The river starts in the Dominican Republic but most of it elongates in Haiti.

Artibonite River

8. Due to its tropical location, Haiti’s weather is mostly warm .

Haiti Weather

From March to November it rains frequently . The hurricane season runs  from August to  mid-November.

9.  Haiti is about the size of Maryland in the United States.

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10. Haiti is  one of the most densely populated nations in the Western Hemisphere.

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Sources

88 Little Known Facts About Haiti. (2010). Retrieved from http://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html

The Biggest Caribbean Islands. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://traveltips.usatoday.com/biggest-caribbean-islands-103055.html

Departments of Haiti. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.statoids.com/uht.html

Facts about Haiti. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mohhaiti.org/about_haiti#.VgMVRI9Viko

Haiti Fast Facts. (2015). CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/17/world/americas/haiti-fast-facts/

Haitian Creole. (2014). Retrieved from http://aboutworldlanguages.com/haitian-creole

What Are the Main Landforms of Haiti? (n.d.). USA Today. Retrieved from http://traveltips.usatoday.com/main-landforms-haiti-102655.html

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ASPIRA has now a satellite museum of the Haitian Heritage Museum

Haitian Heritage Museum partners with ASPIRA: Satellite Museum

 

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Miami, FL. – On  September 24 , Haitian Heritage Museum partnered with ASPIRA of Florida to open a satellite museum of the Haitian Heritage Museum at the North Miami campus.

The opening was compromised of a ribbon cutting ceremony and the exhibition “Innovators of Freedom,” featuring the works of Haitian-American artist, Edouard Duval-Carrié.

This exposition is the first exhibit of many.It will focus on the history of Haiti, accentuating the struggles for liberation that became the stepping-stone toward the country’s freedom, and includes two of Duval-Carrié’s most celebrated works of art. The entire collection will communicate the significance of collaboration and leadership at the forefront of social change. Students can revisit stories of Haiti’s leaders from various eras to consider solutions to unending societal issues, and take these lessons to affect a current social transformation.

This multi-faceted educational platform offers resources for the local community through lessons for teachers, students, families, and the community at large; thus, promoting interest in world cultures, museums, and informal learning.

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The Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) is a not for profit organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage globally. Our goal is to provide a cultural Mecca for Little Haiti where individuals outside of our community and within our community boundaries can come to enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, ethnic sounds of Haitian music, view Haitian films and enjoy a collection of Haitian literary works. Additional information can be found at:http://haitianheritagemuseum.org/

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to foster the social advancement of underprivileged youth by empowering them in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development programs that emphasize commitment to the community. Additional information can be found at our website:www.aspirafl.org

For more information regarding the partnership and the event, please contact: Lauren Ventura  hhmlauren@comcast.net 305 371-5988.

10 Forgotten Historic Facts about Haiti

1. Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, and the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion.

Haiti Black Nation

2. The recorded history of Haiti began on 5 December 1492 when the European navigator Christopher Columbus happened upon a large island in the region of the western Atlantic Ocean that later came to be known as the Caribbean.

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3.  When Christopher Columbus discovered the island , He initially thought he had landed in India or Asia .

Columbus Voyage

4.  The first president of Haiti was Jean Jacques Dessalines ( 1758 -1806).

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Dessalines was the the leader of the Haitian Revolution and later ruled the country when it became independent . He renamed the island Haiti and also crowned himself Emperor Jacques I of Haiti.

 

 

5. Wondering if there was ever a woman in the office, the answer is yes !

Haiti Woman President

Ertha Pascal Trouillot was he first woman president of Haiti was . From 1990 to 1991, she was the provisional President of Haiti for 11 month . She was the First woman in Haitian history to hold  that office.

 

 

6. Initially named Hispaniola Haiti pronounced “Ayiti” means land of high mountains . The name was given by the native habitants of the island.

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7.  Haiti’s capital, Port-Au-Prince,  was founded in 1749 and was named for the Prince, a French ship anchored in the bay.

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8. In 1862, The United States recognizes Haiti as a republic when President Abraham Lincoln was in office .

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9. In 1880 , The National Bank of Haiti was founded by President Salomon.

Haiti National Bank

10.  Haitian Creole is recognized as a Haiti’s official language in 1961.

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Sources

88 Little Known Facts About Haiti. (2010). Retrieved from http://facts.randomhistory.com/haiti-facts.html

Ertha Pascal-Trouillot. (2012). Haiti Observer. Retrieved from http://www.haitiobserver.com/blog/ertha-pascal-trouillot.html

Facts about Haiti. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mohhaiti.org/about_haiti#.VgMVRI9Viko

Haiti Fast Facts. (2015). CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/17/world/americas/haiti-fast-facts/

Haitian Creole. (2014). Retrieved from http://aboutworldlanguages.com/haitian-creole

The National City Bank of New York & Haiti. (2013). The Public Archive. Retrieved from http://thepublicarchive.com/?p=3825

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Haitian Heritage Museum collaborates with ASPIRA to bring satellite Museum

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Haitian Heritage Museum collaborates with ASPIRA  to bring satellite Museum Exhibit will feature Haitian revolutionary leaders and art replications from artist Edouard Duval-Carrié

North Miami, FL. September 24, 2015 – ASPIRA of Florida will open the satellite Museum of the Haitian Heritage Museum at its North Miami campus, the exhibition Haitian Heritage Museum will feature Haitian-American artist, Edouard Duval-Carrié. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at ASPIRA R.A.M., located at 13300 Memorial Hwy, North Miami, FL.

Together, ASPIRA, the Haitian Heritage Museum, and Duval-Carrié will highlight works of art portraying Haitian revolutionary leaders to enhance and inspire life-long learning within the community at large. Through this initiative, ASPIRA aims to familiarize students with the necessary skills to analyze art: critical thinking, close observation, context clues, and learning how to “unpack the past.”

“ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. is elated about the potential of this partnership, which was developed in close collaboration with the Haitian Heritage Museum so that our students can be successful academically and beyond,” noted George Cabrera, President and CEO of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. “We welcome the collaborative efforts of the Haitian Heritage Museum, a leader of Miami’s rich museum community, and look forward to engaging our children with this school museum that opens them up to a wide world of culture and of possibilities.”

Innovators of Freedom,” the first exhibit of many, will focus on the history of Haiti, accentuating the struggles for liberation that became the stepping-stone toward the country’s freedom, and includes two of Duval-Carrié’s most celebrated works of art. The entire collection will communicate the significance of collaboration and leadership at the forefront of social change. Students can revisit stories of Haiti’s leaders from various eras to consider solutions to unending societal issues, and take these lessons to affect a current social transformation.

This multi-faceted educational platform offers resources for the local community through lessons for teachers, students, families, and the community at large; thus, promoting interest in world cultures, museums, and informal learning.

# # #

The Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) is a not for profit organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage globally. Our goal is to provide a cultural Mecca for Little Haiti where individuals outside of our community and within our community boundaries can come to enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, ethnic sounds of Haitian music, view Haitian films and enjoy a collection of Haitian literary works. Additional information can be found at: http://haitianheritagemuseum.org/

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to foster the social advancement of underprivileged youth by empowering them in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development programs that emphasize commitment to the community. Additional information can be found at our website: www.aspirafl.org

For more information regarding the partnership and the event, please contact: Lauren Ventura  hhmlauren@comcast.net 305 371-5988.

 

Caribbean Tech and Innovation Awards Cocktail at Haitian Heritage Museum

The Haitian Heritage Museum acknowledges Caribbean innovators at the Caribbean Tech and Innovation Awards Cocktail

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Miami, FL – The Haitian Heritage Museum will recognize Caribbean Innovators at the Caribbean Tech and Innovation Awards Cocktail on June 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the museum’s location, 190 NE 40th Street Miami Design District.

The affair will acknowledge the achievements of innovators who have made extraordinary accomplishments in the field of technology in advancing the Miami and Caribbean region. The lovely Jessy Schuster of SAP will host the event.

This years awardees are:

Education Innovator – George Cabrera, President and CEO of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

Youth Innovator – Gregory Johnson, Co-Founder of SelfieID

Health Innovator – Lixon Nelson, Founder of the Alliance Community and Employment Services (ACES) / Imuneek. com

Tech Innovator – Pascale Elie, General Manager of HaitiPay

Innovator of the Year-TBA at the event

Reservations to the ceremony can be made through Event Brite (http://bit.ly/1FVbZjZ). The event will be a fundraiser, which will benefit the Haitian Heritage Museum’s program season.

 

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About Haitian Heritage Museum

The Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) is a not for profit organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage globally. Through education, digitizing, archiving, media, and culturally relevant partnership, we will create a legacy for future generations. For more information, visit www.haitianheritagemuseum.org.

 

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Eveline Pierre, Executive Director and Founder of the Haitian Heritage Museum recognized as Ocean Drive Magazine’s Women of Influence 2015.

Miami, FL – Ten women including Eveline Pierre, Executive Director and Founder of the Haitian Heritage Museum were all present at the launch of the 2015 ‘Women of Influence’ Award for Ocean Drive Magazine.

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All of the awardees were among family and friends who came to celebrate in a very chic South Beach style at the Thompsons Hotel. More than 100 guests were present to honor these special women and their achievements.

Check the achievements of the top 15 influential women here.

 

Haitian Heritage Museum partners with National Museums of Kenya to present exhibition on the ‘Rites of Passage’

Rites Of PassagesMiami, FL – The Haitian Heritage Museum collaborates with the National Museums of Kenya to bring an exhibition on the ‘Rites of Passage’ starting May 14th at 6 30 p.m.

In celebration of Miami Museum & Haitian Heritage Month, the ‘Rites of Passage’ exhibition is a comparative exhibition on the values taught during initiation ceremonies by communities in Southern Florida and Kenya.

The show will focus on five different ceremonies:

  • The ‘Holy Communion’ among Haitians
  • The ‘Enkipaata’ of the Maasai group in Kenya
  • The ‘Feather Dance’ of Southeastern Native Americans
  • The Jewish ‘Bar/Bat Mitzvah’
  • The Latin American ‘Quinceanera’

The month of May celebrates the Haitian heritage and a big part of the Haitian culture and traditions are influenced by the African culture. If you are in South Florida, this exhibition is the perfect prospect to enlighten you about the African art and history, and you will also learn about how it affected the Haitian culture.

The ‘Rites of Passage’ will educate, create an awareness of the cultural practices associated with various communities, and awaken curiosity in our visitors inspiring them to discover interesting aspects of their own culture.”

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About Haitian Heritage Museum

The Haitian Heritage Museum (HHM) is a not for profit organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage globally. Through education, digitizing, archiving, media, and culturally relevant partnerships, we will create a legacy for future generations.

To learn more about the museum visit http://www.haitianheritagemuseum.org.

Media Contact

Eveline Pierre, Executive Director

Email: hhmevents@comcast.net

Phone: (305)-371-5988