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Haiti Flag The Republic of Haiti (French: République d'Haiti) is a Caribbean country. The occupies the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola, and is bordered to the West by the Dominican Republic.

As of 2009, the population of Haiti was estimated to be 9,035,536. The capital and largest city in the country is Port-au-Prince, which is believed to have a population of about 1.1 million, with perhaps 1.7 million living in the city's metropolitan area.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, and has frequently experienced political violence, most recently in 2004, when there was an armed rebellion of the then president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Sadly, the country was also hit by a major earthquake in 2010. The earthquake caused a huge amount of destruction, left many people homeless, and resulted in huge numbers of casualties. The exact number of deaths from the 2010 earthquake will probably never be known, but likely are in excess of 150,000.

Haiti Country Details


Country Name Haiti
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Caribbean Sea
Flag Haiti Flag
Principal Language French
Capital Port-au-Prince


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Books about Haiti


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Haiti (Bradt Travel Guide Haiti)
By Paul Clammer

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Haiti (Bradt Travel Guide Haiti)
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A new edition of the only standalone guidebook on Haiti available, fully updated and with expanded content reflecting Haiti's recent growth in tourism, and packed with practical information covering everything from accommodation, eateries and travel routes to wildlife and ‘Vodou'. A comprehensive section on conservation and natural history and insightful information on Haiti's rich artistic, architectural and musical heritage ensure nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts are well catered for. Paul Clammer discusses the merits of Haitian rum, how to catch a Port-au-Prince taptap (bus) and Graham Greene's connection with the famous Hotel Oloffson.
This new edition includes even more information on living in Haiti, more festivals – from local fêtes to big celebrations – and coverage of new tourism developments at the Citadelle Henry (the largest fortress in the Americas and Haiti's first UNESCO World Heritage site). Also provided are details of new museums either under refurbishment or soon to open.
Sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, Haiti is culturally the most African of Caribbean countries, and one that is largely unknown to visitors, except through popular clichés of aid dependency and Vodou culture. An early pioneer of Caribbean tourism, since the earthquake of 2010 it has been slowly repositioning itself as an exciting new travel destination. Visitors will find historical sites to explore, hidden beaches, and a proud people rebuilding their country and ready to welcome visitors once more.
Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti (Travel Guide)
By Paul Clammer & Kevin Raub

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of conquistadors in Santo Domingo, claim a spot in the sand at Playa Rincon, or visit Haiti's mighty Citadelle la Ferriere; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, religion, history, art, literature, music, dance, sport, architecture, politics, landscapes, and wildlife
  • Over 39 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Dominican Republic Outdoors, and Top Experiences
  • Coverage of Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Playa Rincon, La Vega, Damajagua, Cabarete, La Citadelle la Ferriere, Punta Cana, the Peninsula de Samana, Port Salut, Lago Enriquillo, Pico Duarte, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti, our most comprehensive guide to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less traveled.

  • Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Caribbean Islands guide for a comprehensive look at what the whole region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Paul Clammer, Michael Grosberg, and Kevin Raub.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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Haitian Creole Phrasebook: Essential Expressions for Communicating in Haiti (NTC Foreign Language)
By Jowel C. Laguerre

McGraw-Hill Education
Released: 2010-08-26
Paperback (224 pages)

Haitian Creole Phrasebook: Essential Expressions for Communicating in Haiti (NTC Foreign Language)
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The essential terms you need to communicate with the nation’s 8-plus million Haitian Creole speakers

If you are travelling to Haiti to help with the relief effort or to aid in its rebuilding, Haitian Creole Phrasebook is your must-have resource. In addition to featuring content specifically related to relief and rebuilding, this book also covers the basic topics such as introducing yourself, asking for directions, giving instructions, or asking for information. A separate section is devoted to key words and phrases related to relief efforts from communicating with medical personnel to construction and engineering terminology

Features:

  • A mini-dictionary includes essential vocabulary for quick reference
  • An 30-minute audio download that features key words and phrases
  • Vital vocabulary and phrases relevant to relief and rebuilding processes

McGraw-Hill will donate a percentage of sales to the Haitian rebuilding effort.

Topics include: Basic Vocabulary, Basics of Haitian Creole, Greetings and Wishes, Expressing Preferences and Opinions, Numbers, Time, and Weather, Family, People, and Description, Communication, Living and Working in Haiti, Transportation and Directions, Money and Shopping, Accommodations, Food and Drink, Specialized Vocabulary, Earthquake, Construction Rebuilding, Relief Effort, Medical Vocabulary, Security, Resources

Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the art-deco streets of South Beach, spot alligators amongst the Everglades' mangroves, or party all night in Key West; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Miami & the Keys and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Miami & the Keys Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
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  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, multicultural Miami, cuisine, drink, art-deco architecture, environment
  • Free, convenient pull-out Miami map (included in print version), plus over 15 color maps
  • Covers South Beach, Downtown Miami, Wynwood, Design District, Little Haiti, Northern Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Little Havana, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Everglades, Florida Keys, Key West and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys, our most comprehensive guide to Miami & the Keys, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Florida guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer, or Discover Florida guide, a photo-rich guide focused on the state's most popular sights.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Adam Karlin.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica
By Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston, Zora Neale/ Reed, Ishmael (FRW)/ Gates, Henry Louis Jr (EDT)
Released: 2008-12-30
Paperback (336 pages)

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica
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Based on acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston's personal experiences in Haiti and Jamaica—where she participated as an initiate rather than just an observer during her visits in the 1930s—Tell My Horse is a fascinating firsthand account of the mysteries of Voodoo. An invaluable resource and remarkable guide to Voodoo practices, rituals, and beliefs, it is a travelogue into a dark, mystical world that offers a vividly authentic picture of ceremonies, customs, and superstitions.

Dominican Republic 1:400,000 & Haiti 1:350,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

ITMB Publishing Ltd.
Map (2 pages)

Dominican Republic 1:400,000 & Haiti 1:350,000 Travel Map (International Travel Maps)
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Double sided map on durable synthetic paper, suitable for tropical conditions. One side includes a travel map of the Dominican Republic 1:400,000 with name index and an inset of central Santo Domingo. The other side includes a travel map of Haiti 1:350,000 with name index and an inset of central Port-au-Prince.
Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti (Country Travel Guide)
By Paul Clammer & J. M. Porup

Brand: Lonely Planet
Paperback (400 pages)

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Discover the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Plunge down the Rio Yaque del Norte, paddling for dear life
Witness the chanting, drumming and spiritual release of a Haitian Vodou ceremony
Hang with the Grand Rue artists, watching them turn scrap metal into cyberpunk art
Sip some of the world's finest blends at the Polo Organic Coffee Festival

In This Guide

Three authors, 105 days of in-country research, countless plates of 'the flag' (red beans, white rice and green plantains)
Expanded coverage of Haitian culture, Dominican Republic outdoor activities and off-trail adventures in each country
Content updated daily - visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler insights
Island People: The Caribbean and the World
By Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Knopf
Released: 2016-11-22
Hardcover (464 pages)

Island People: The Caribbean and the World
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A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’s imagination.
 
From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa María's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to the misunderstandings and fantasies of outsiders. Running roughshod over the place,  they have viewed these islands and their inhabitants as exotic allure to be consumed or conquered. The Caribbean stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than three hundred years, with societies shaped by mass migrations and forced labor.  But its people, scattered across a vast archipelago and separated by the languages of their colonizers, have nonetheless together helped make the modern world—its politics, religion, economics, music, and culture. Jelly-Schapiro gives a sweeping account of how these islands’ inhabitants have searched and fought for better lives. With wit and erudition, he chronicles this “place where globalization began,” and introduces us to its forty million people who continue to decisively shape our world.

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