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Some Facts about Haitian Creole

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Some Facts about Haitian Creole

The two Official languages of Haiti are: French, spoken by a small group and Creole spoken by the entire population.

It has been one of Haiti's official languages since 1987 and is the first language of about 95 percent of Haitians, especially in rural areas.

Haitian Creole is a French-based vernacular language that developed in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Haitian Creole developed primarily on the sugarcane plantations of Haiti from contacts between French colonists and African slaves.

Haitian Creole is spoken by about twelve million people, which includes the entire population of Haiti and close to four million people of Haitian descent residing in the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Venezuela.

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