Fort Dimanche's Shameful Past
Fort Dimanche began as a prison when the French occupied the island before Haitian independence in 1804. Once the U.S. began occupying the island from 1915 to 1934, its military turned Fort Dimanche into a military compound.
During the 1950s Duvalier dictatorship, he used death squads and the prison became a detention center, where dissidents were jailed, tormented, and killed. Any political opponents caught trying to leave the country ended up at Fort Dimanche.
Fort Dimanche today has been designated a monument.