Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Haiti won independence from France in 1804, making it the second country in the Americas, after the United States, to free itself from colonial rule. It is known as the “First Black Republic” in the world and the first country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery completely. Historical landmarks include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress, and the nearby ruins of Sans-Souci Palace, the baroque former royal home of King Henry I.
We visited Haiti in October 2015 and stayed at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel. We explored Port-au-Prince including the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien, Henri Christophe’s statue at Champs de Mars, the Statue of Jean Jacques Dessalines, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.