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Revision as of 09:22, 13 January 2010

République d'Haïti
Repiblik d Ayiti
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Flag of Haiti.png
Arms of Haiti.png
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Port-au-Prince
Government Republic
Language French, Haitian Creole (official)
President René Préval
Prime minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis
Area 10,714 sq mi
Population 8,528,000 (2005)
GDP per capita $1,800 (2006)
Currency Gourde


The Republic of Haiti is a country located in the Caribbean Sea, and occupies one-third of the Caribbean island Hispaniola.

Columbus' ship the Santa Maria reached Haiti on Christmas Eve 1492. The settlement there was named "La Navidad". Haiti was given to Spain in the Line of Demarcation set up by the Pope in 1515.

Haiti formed the first successful slave revolt under the leadership of Toussaint L'Ouverture and was the first independent black republic. Haiti claimed its independence from France on January 1, 1804, making it the second country in the Americas to gain its independence.

About 80% of the population lives in wretched poverty, and Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western hempisphere.[1] Haiti is the origin of the occult practice of voodoo, which is still popular in rural areas.

French is taught in schools, but the language of conversation is Haitian Creole.

In January 2010, an earthquake hit the capitol city.
  1. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/HAITIEXTN/0,,contentMDK:21040686~pagePK:141137~piPK:141127~theSitePK:338165,00.html