Cultural Info: Haiti

Did You Know...

Over 70 different dictators rule Haiti.

Haiti is the second oldest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere after The United States. It gained its independence from France in 1804

For 105 years (1697-1802) Haiti was responsible for 40% of the sugar consumed in the entire world; 123 millions pounds in 1788

Haiti has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the Caribbean. Along with its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, the country has 5,600 species of plants living in nine life zones from sea level to mountain tops.

Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean.

French and Haitian Creole are the official languages of Haiti.
Haiti is one of only two independent nations in the Americas to have French as their National language the other is Canada.

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