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Batterie VALLIERES in Mole Saint- Nicolas

Batterie VALLIERES in Mole Saint- Nicolas

Here is a picture of Batterie VALLIERES located in the historic city of , Mole Saint Nicolas.

Christopher Columbus landed in Môle-Saint-Nicolas on December 6, 1492, during his first voyage to the Americas

There is a draft Strategic Development Plan for Mole Saint-Nicolas . It is focused on four major areas: the development of maritime corridor, promotion of Haiti history and tourism, development of alternative energy production as well as the exploitation of natural resources.

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Jalousie, a tribute to Prefete Duffaut

Jalousie, a tribute to Prefete Duffaut

Jalousie has been turned into a colorful tribute to Haitian artist, Prefete Duffaut, whose imaginary cities rose up from canvas in a profusion that exemplifies the world's view of what a shanty town should, ideally, be. Reasons for choosing Jalousie as the site for this tribute range from the town's mayor wishing to make it a new tourist attraction, to wanting to give the residents a sense of national identity.

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Pink, green, blue, red, Jalousie From a distance

Pink, green, blue, red, Jalousie From a distance

Jalousie has been turned into a life sized replica of a Prefete Duffaut painting, in which houses, bathed in rich color, illustrate the image of a happy shanty town to the world. Hoping, among other reasons, to give the town a new sense of identity, the government has presented a broken-down city with inhabitants possessed of many reasons to be unhappy as a gay, bright and inviting.

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Jalousie urban renewal initiative

Jalousie urban renewal initiative

While heavily criticized for its use of $6 million USD on a renewal initiative for Jalousie, the Martelly Administration remains firm behind their project, stating that it is about altering the perception people have of the area as well as to make the inhabitant's living conditions better. The project is also said to have provided 2,500 jobs. For funding, the administration utilized funds from international donations and Petrocaribe, though the brunt came from the public treasury. It is part of a wider development project for the country in which 800 similar projects have been planned.

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Jalousie - Makeup for misery

Jalousie - Makeup for misery

The government is proudly spending over $6 million on a project to paint houses in the city that, among its many problems, is cut through by a massive fault line, poses a danger to its citizens and those in the village below it because of its propensity for dangerous mudslides, and has a serious clean water deficit. A survey of the inhabitants shows that, rather than a paint job, they would prefer, almost unanimously, to have new schools for their children.

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Jalousie in Colors

Jalousie in Colors

Haitian Governments have always suffered the charge of wasting money on unworthy projects. It seems that the Martelly/Lamothe Administration is bent on adding their name to the roster with the Jalousie in Colors program that would paint make-up on a slaughtered pig. While ill-conceived when one thinks of the various other forms of help the people of Jalousie need, the aesthetic make-over is in tribute of deceased Haitian painter, Préfète Duffaut.

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Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 magnitude Earthquake

Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 magnitude Earthquake

Léogâne was at the epicenter of the 7.0 magnitude 12 January 2010 earthquake
Léogâne's second bout with an earthquake measuring 7.0 or higher on the Richter scale was more devastating for the small town than it was for anywhere else in Haiti. Between 80-90% of the infrastructure, including all government buildings, a precious school and part of a hospital were lost.

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Leogane is the birthplace of the Taino queen Anacaona

Leogane is the birthplace of the Taino queen Anacaona

Before the town was giving the name, Léogâne, it was called by its name from the Amerindian's, Yaguana. A fascinating part of its history is that it was the place where Anacaona, a Taino queen, was born. It was also the hometown of the wife of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a Haitian revolutionary, Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité. Also from Léogâne, having been stationed there as a military officer, was the man who led the resistance against the U.S. starting in 1915, Charlemagne Péralte.

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Fruits and Legumes from Kenskoff

Fruits and Legumes from Kenskoff

The Town of Kenscoff in Haiti
The Ouest Department town of Kenscoff has its own set of modest amenities to offer a Haitian passing through. Only about 10 kilometers outside of Port-au-Prince, the town has developed a reputation for an intense nightlife. With a population last estimated at about 4,000, the rousing parties at night, housed in myriad establishments for just such nocturnal enjoyment, call to the wealthy of Haiti who flock there for the night-time entertainment.

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La Gonave is an island in Haiti

La Gonave is an island in Haiti

Sidling away from the practices of the past, the tourism industry wishes to turn La Gonave from an island of undesirables, to the Caribbean's paradise, with a $48 billion budget to do it. While La Gonave's Australian-like transformation has been widely talked of, no concrete plans have been formed and the island and its inhabitants continue to struggle with issues of water scarcity, the continued disenfranchisement of its citizens and recovering, like the rest of Haiti, from the 2010 earthquake, the epicenter of which the island was close to.

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