The capital city of the Haiti is Port-au-Prince which is also the most populous city in the country. The city was developed in 1749 during the French colonial rule, and the layout of this capital resembles that of the amphitheatre where the commercial district is next to the sea while the residential houses are on the hills. Port-au-Prince is located on the Gulf-of-Gonave, a bay which is a natural harbor and helps to sustain the city's economic activities.
According to the 2015 census, a total of 978,310 people live in the city. The current population of the metropolitan area has grown to over 3.7 million. This represents a large population growth in recent years, which can mostly be attributed to the infrastructure and jobs available in the capital city.
Sitting on the Gulf of Gonave, Port-au-Prince hasnumerous tourist attraction sites. Port-au-Prince is the home of the Iron Market which was developed in 1891. It is surrounded by the sea which makes Port-au-Prince a great tropical place to visit throughout the year. Near the market are the ruins of the Assumption cathedral which was opened in 1914, but was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Port-au-Prince is home to some of the oldest buildings in the country. Another archaic structure is Fort Jacques which was erected in 1804 by Alexandre Petion and has been attracting tourist throughout the year. Within the city is also the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien, which is a subterranean historical museum where one can learn the history of the country. Haiti is also home to beautiful beaches which attract visitors from across the world.
Port-au-Prince has tropical dry and wet climate with a relatively constant temperature all year long. The wet season in the capital of Port-au-Prince is experienced between March and November with a break of rainfall in July. The dry months are December, January, and February. Port-au-Prince experiences humid and hot conditions in the wet season and a warm and humid condition in the dry season.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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