The great Cap-Haitian of 1793
Here is a picture of the great fire in Cap-Haitian in 1793.
The first colony to be established in the Americas was in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. He landed near the city and was met by millions of Arawak and Taino Indians. The Spanish settlers caused widespread genocide of the indigenous Indians, but the place was soon repopulated by African slaves. The African introduction gave way to the Haitian revolution, and the accepted starting point, a ceremony of Vodou spiritualism was performed in the area. This, and other pivotal happenings in and around Cap Haitian, led it to be considered as the birthplace of the revolution.