Haiti, Republika Haiti, République d'Haïti
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The native Arawak Amerindians - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Columbus in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola, and in 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island - Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean, but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE and after a prolonged struggle, became the first black republic to declare its independence in 1804. Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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1. Dependency status: UN Country

2. Government type: elected government

3. Location: Caribbean, western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Dominican Republic

4. Border Countries: Dominican Republic 360 km

5. Climate: tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds

6. Terrain: mostly rough and mountainous

7. Area: 27,750 sq km

8. Capital: Port-au-Prince

9. Administrative divisions: 9 departments (departements, singular - departement); Artibonite, Centre, Grand 'Anse, Nord, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest, Ouest, Sud, Sud-Est

10. Population: 7,656,166 (July 2004 est.)

11. Languages: French (official), Creole (official)

12. Religions: Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3% (1982)
note: roughly half of the population practices Voodoo

13. Currency: gourde (HTG)

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22. Haiti office:

  • Embassy Republic of Haiti
    Meinekestrasse 5, D-10719 Berlin
    tel. (0-0 49 30) 885 541 34
    fax (0-0 49 30) 885 541 35, 886 242 79
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23. Intresting WEB's about Haiti:

  • Haiti Tourism - The Official Site of the Secretary of State for Tourisme of the Republic of Haiti.
  • Haiti Global Village - online community for the Haitian diaspora. Includes news, chat and forums, classifieds, and more.
  • Haiti News - Site features Haiti related news stories.

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  • babelfish.altavista.com - dictionary translaiting both ways in 25 lanquages useful in translating texts

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