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Haiti which means mountainous country is located in between the North America and the South America in the Caribbean seas. It shares the same island as Republic Dominican: Haiti in the west and Dominican Republic in the east which im-plies that the two countries have a lot in common, sharing almost the same history, quite similar culture and ethnicity etc.
The Island of Haiti, which in the ancient times was just one country but later but later on became Haiti and Dominican Republic, was explored in December 12th 1492 by Christopher Columbus.
Once landed in Haiti, attracted by the natural beauty of the island and the similar resemblance to Spain, his country, he named it Hispaniola translated as little Spain. A few years later, the French also landed, won a war against the Spanish for the control of the west side of the island. They imposed their imperialism power by transforming their part of the island, that they renamed Haiti as its previous name, into a eld of hardships and wealth for France, producing mainly sugar cane to the detriment of the sweat of the Africans. Those human beings traf cked from the west of Africa as slaves later replaced the Tainos, the native Indians inhabitants of Haiti, as a result their decimation by the colo-nizers. The hardships and the inhumane living conditions on which the Africans were forced to live constituted a catalyst for them to demand their independence.
Motivated by the ideas of the French revolution of 1789, in 1800, un-der the command of Toussaint Louverture, Jean Jacques Dessalines, Alexandre Petion, Henri Christophe, and a Jamaican slave namely Boukman, grouping secretly in the mountains and caves the slaves of Haiti started their great ght which lead to the Independence of the Island in January 1st 1804. The revolutions started in 1800 and lead to victory on November 18th, 1803 at Vertierres in Gonaives by defeating the great army of Napoleon Bonaparte.
As a result, Haiti had not only gained its independence, but also had become the rst black colony conquering the slave masters and suc-cesfully gaining its independence. Consequently, Haiti was the great symbol of total liberty, of equality and fraternity for all men, women and children of color throughout the colonies in the Caribbean-still then dependents-to acquire their independence as well.
Cap-Haitian placed in the North part of Haiti is sur-rounded by high beautiful mountains with amazingly beautiful scenic landscapes and natu-rally crystallized blue beaches. A tourist who travels in Haiti has the advantage to visit many places in Cap Haitian which are historically sub-stantial. For example, among the most known there is the Citadelle Lafer-iere that is the largest and the great-est fortress of Haiti and the Caribbean as a whole. It was built by the king of Henry Christophe after the independ-ence of the country between 1805 and 1820 to have a great military control on the bay in order protect the country from re-invasion of its old colonizers. It covers about 10, 000 square meters in the top of the massif Bonnet Lev-eque at 910 meters high.It offers a fan-tastic view on the north at landscape so called Plaine du Nord.
Down the mountain of Citadelle Lafer-iere a tourist can also visit the royal palace of Henry Christophe called Palais sans Souci built in 1810. It constitutes of a beautiful garden with a splendid view on a pond and the great Immaculate de Conception` s church. Both Citadelle Laferiere and Palais sans Souci have been designated as world heritage sites by UNESCO in 1982.
Still in Cap Haitian, a tourist can tour Fort Liberte built in the 1730`s, and comprises of many French forts and very giganstic and beautiful churches dated from the coloniza-tion period. To continue the journey, a visit at the amazing Labadie, one of the biggest beach and hotel resorts of Haiti, is an experience that a tourist would not want to miss. Every year it welcomes more than 600,000 tourists landed from one of the most expen-sive and biggest cruises in the world, Oasis of the Seas. It is surrounded by coconuts trees long aside its natural, clear and warm beach with beautiful landscapes and coastlines, and sited with various attractions centers. It fur-ther entertained by local dance groups, local bands and so on to glorify the beauty and the importance of preserv-ing the culture and traditions of the be-loved motherland.
Moreover, a tourist will also enjoy eating the regional foods of Cap Haitian such as cashew nuts so called Poul ak nwa, served with delicious coconuts juice taken directly from the trees; or sipping the best Caribbean rum called Barbancourt, Haitian rum, and cocktails made of it; or savoring one of the best beers in the word, the Haitian beer Prestige, awarded world gold medal beer in 2000 and 2012 by the World Beer Cup; or sim-ply discover the delicious taste of the diverse tropical juices, such as pineapples, papaya, guava, passions fruits etc of the area..
In summary, by both the short history of Haiti and the short presentation of Cap Haitian, I`m sure you now have an idea of how marvelous Haiti is as a country in contrary to what is usually used to describe it. We want you to come spend your vacations here to have the fun of your life, but at the same time to help us make our tourist sec-tor much more attractive, and so foster our economy.
Us, Haitians, experience Haiti in this perspective and you should be part of this incredible adventure of an unforgettable and delightful vacation here. As mentioned above, Cap-Haitian as an example, offers the exotic paradise that you are looking for to stay far away from the stress of the ordinary life.
For a hint of my next articles, expectations can be on the big Earthquake of 2010 and its af-termaths on the different levels of the society ; on the Haitian`s culture and the in uence of French, Spanish and mostly African culture on it, by em-phasizing on the uniqueness of Haitian music, carnivals and ru-ral bands; on Haitian foods and beverages which are particu-larly delectable; on Haitian arts and architecture which revealed the Haitian passions for keeping traditions alive etc; about Voo-dooism as religion and the in u-ences of Catholicism on it, its importance in Haitian culture, society, history and so forth.
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Embassy of the Gabonese Republic in Japan attended for the rst time the JATA-Tourism Expo in Tokyo last September. Many Japanese tour opera-tors and people visited our booth.
Last October we held a tourism seminar with Japanese travel agencies at our Embassy in Tokyo. We are eager to build and expand our network in Japan. Any requests, questions and feedbacks will be appreciated.
We hope this opportunity will be a rst step for investors who are looking for information about Gabon and /or are planning to visit Gabon.
We hope to meet you someday in Gabon.
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