About Haiti

Gnome globe current event.svgTalk about sad…The Haitian Earthquake is sad…Here is some Wikipedia about Haiti. I used to be a nature center director where the major client was the Haitian American and many of the Haitian American children partook in our programs.
Matt

This country is related to the following current event: 2010 Haiti earthquake. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.

Republic of Haiti

République d’Haïti
Repiblik Ayiti
Flag Coat of arms
Motto“L’Union Fait La Force”  (French)

“Strength Through Unity “

AnthemLa Dessalinienne
Capital
(and largest city)
Port-au-Prince
18°32′N 72°20′W / 18.533°N 72.333°W / 18.533; -72.333
Official languages Haitian Creole, French
Ethnic groups  95.0% black, 5% mulatto and white[1]
Demonym Haitian
Government Presidential republic
 –  President René Préval
 –  Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive
Formation
 –  as Saint-Domingue 1697 
 –  Independence from France 1 January 1804 
Area
 –  Total 27,751 km2 (140th)
10,714 sq mi 
 –  Water (%) 0.7
Population
 –  2009 estimate 10,033,000[2] (82nd)
 –  Density 361.5/km2 (31st)
936.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 –  Total $11.570 billion[3] 
 –  Per capita $1,317[3] 
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 –  Total $6.943 billion[3] 
 –  Per capita $790[4] 
Gini (2001) 59.2 (high
HDI (2007) ▲ 0.532[5] (medium) (149th)
Currency Gourde (HTG)
Time zone (UTC-5)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .ht
Calling code 509

Haiti (pronounced /ˈheɪtiː/; French Haïti, pronounced: [a.iti]; Haitian Creole: Ayiti), officially the Republic of Haiti (République d’Haïti ; Repiblik Ayiti) is a Creole– and French-speaking Caribbean country. Along with the Dominican Republic, it occupies the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago. Ayiti (Land of high mountains) was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the mountainous western side of the island. The country’s highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft). The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) and its capital is Port-au-Prince.

Haiti’s regional, historical, and ethnolinguistic position is unique for several reasons. It was the first independent nation in Latin America, 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. Despite having common cultural links with its Hispano-Caribbean neighbors, Haiti is the only predominantly Francophone independent nation in the Americas, and one of only two (along with Canada) which designate French as an official language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements or collectivités of France.

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