Although it has surfaced in the world’s eyes in recent years due to a series of natural disasters, Haiti has long been a forgotten country in the Caribbean.  It is a country that has been manipulated by the global community, plagued by dirty politics and ridden with poverty and despair.  Despite Haiti’s history it remains an island of hope, resiliency, and beauty.  The culture is enduring; the people are encouraging and the faith is inspiring.
 
Haiti was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus and called Ayiti  which means tall mountains, 
 
  • Haiti was once the richest colony in the world, not the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
  • Haiti was the world’s first black republic, declaring independence from France in 1804.
  • The entire country is about the size of Maryland, but takes more than 8 hours to drive across.
  • The capital of Haiti is Port Au Prince.
  • Haiti has 2 official languages, French and Kreyol, however most Haitian’s speak only Kreyol.
  • Haiti has a population of almost 8 million people.
  • Haiti’s main export is sugarcane and the textile industry was just beginning to gain capital before the January 12th, 2010 earthquake.
  • Haiti lies in a hurricane belt which has proven devastating over the years.
  • Haiti is currently battling deforestation and soil erosion, partly due to the natural disasters and partly due to mismanagement of resources and lifestyle demands.