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Fort Oge in Jacmel, Haiti

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Fort Oge in Jacmel, Haiti

This is Fort Ogé in Jacmel.

Joan Dithny Raton, the Haitian Minister of Culture visited Fort Oge to discuss necessary conservatory measures to protect the heritage monument. The first and foremost interventions they considered necessary, were: setting up a protective fence, opening a visitor center, installing sanitation facilities, signage, etc.

The Minister and the Director General met the representatives of the youth organization that oversees the monument. The Minister has ensured the full support of her ministry on the conservancy work undertaken by these volunteers. The licensee of the Ministry of Culture (MC) also made a trip to the old house of Hannibal Price. Hannibal Price was a former British soldier who had an interest in sugarcane production; he settled in Haiti in the eighteenth century and installed a steam mill built in 1818 by Lindsay & Co Workshops, Liverpool, England. According to some experts, the mill never operated. 'Moulin Price' is a machine controlled by Hannibal Price for juice extraction and production of cane sugar. The machine is classified as an item of 'world heritage' by the Smithsonian Institute, and it is one of the only two specimen steam engines listed, around the world, on its kind. The Minister has discussed about finding proper ways to identify and conserve these treasured pasts.

Fort Ogé (Cap Rouge) is a small location in the South-East of Haiti near the city of Jacmel surrounded by beautiful beaches, such as Ti-Mouillage Beach, Cayes Jacmel, etc. The fort was built in 1818 as a defensive system to stall the return of the French, if by any chance, they decide to re-invade Haiti and once again impose slavery. The fort is named after Vincent Ogé, a leading figure of the Haitian Revolution.

Tags: History, jacmel, Fort Ogé

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