Haiti

Occupying the western half of Hispaniola -  the Caribbean island it shares with the Dominican Republic - is a nation that has suffered more in its tenuous history than most countries care to imagine. Despite its auspicious beginnings as the world's first black-led republic and the first independent state in the whole of the Caribbean, Haiti has not been able to maintain that momentum to make its way past violent political upheaval and, most recently, a devastating, debilitating earthquake that quite literally rocked the country to its core in 2010. Though long the poorest country in the Americas, Haiti was still a place where more seasoned travellers could go to experience a unique and vibrant culture that could make travel throughout the island easy, even if the infrastructure and various political issues could not. The country is still reeling from this latest disaster, however, and travel opportunities are slim. There were few tangible attractions that would draw visitors to the country, but any that did serve as a photo opp for those visitors looking for one - such as the Presidential Palace and Parliament buildings in Port-au-Prince - were taken down by the earthquake. What hasn't been completely decimated, though, is the spirit of the Haitian people to strive to rise once again out of the ashes, which they are trying to do as they struggle to rebuild their country. Most visitors on the ground these days are workers helping them in that struggle, and we look forward to posting their accounts as we keep our fingers crossed that Haiti will rise again. ~ WBB Staff Writer 


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 Full name: Republic of Haiti

 Population: 9.80 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Port-au-Prince

 Largest city: Port-au-Prince

 Area: 27,750 sq.km. (10,714 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: French, Creole

 Major religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant,  Other, Voodoo

 Monetary unit: Gourde

 GDP per capita: US $1,200

 Internet domain: .ht

 International dialling code: +509

 Source: CIA World Factbook