Here is a view of the second Haitian city Cap-Haitian in 1881 during government of Lysius Salomon.
Louis Lysius Félicité Salomon Jeune and his family were forced to flee the country to live in exile in Neyba during the rule of Charles Riviere-Hérard.
Upon his return Salomon, with the support of the masses, was named the nation's President, a role he would have until only months before his death in 1888. During this time, he was faced with many oppositions, mostly because of his radical means of turning the economic tide in the country, and also because of his determination to pay off the costly debt owed to France. He revolutionized the armed forces in the country, brought about a widespread modernization, opened the National Bank and established links between Haiti and its Caribbean neighbors, Cuba and Jamaica. The president would also rewrite the nation's constitution, making it possible for him to be re-elected in 1886 for a term of 7 years.
Archevèque métropolitain du Cap-Haïtien, Mgr Max Leroy Mésidor
Mgr. Mesidor Vows Fealty to Haiti
Pope Benedict XV appointed Mgr. Mesidor Diocesan Bishop of Fort-Liberté. Mgr. Mesidor took an oath of fealty to the Holy See Concordat, Article 5.
Mesidor vowed ". . . to keep respect and loyalty to the Constitution of Haiti . . . for the . . . common good . . . and defense of the interests of the Nation"
Martelly said to Mesidor, ". . . you face a difficult challenge . . ." but ". . . (we will) struggle for the soul of Haiti . . ."
There is a Haitian folk song dated back to President Louis Mondéstin Florvil Hyppolite and we are still singing it. The famous story of his Panama Hat
To be a Haitian President, one needed, especially in the 1800's, to be well dressed. Few could imagine a better dressed man than one who was donning the very stylish and increasingly essential Panama hats that were all the rage. Hyppolite, already considered a well-dressed man with his glasses tinted blue and white suits was immortalized as the man in the Panama hat when, upon his death, a song that would live on through generations was born. In typical Haitian satire, the circumstances of his death, having fallen off a horse under what some called mysterious circumstances (though some say it was a simple heart attack), made for a catchy tune that seemed to reference an incidence five years before when his Panama hat had, indeed, fallen off his head.
Here is a picture of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during a visit in the city of Cap-Haitian, Haiti
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida) recently visited Cap-Haitien on December 18, 2014. She became the first primate ever to visit northern Haiti. She is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States and the first woman elected as a primate in the Anglican Communion. This trip of her to Haiti was followed by a three day trip to the Dominican Republic, where she has learned about the inhuman effort of the Dominican authority to strip rights of citizenships and basic amenities to people of Haitian descent. She has explained the reason of her visit to Haiti in a clear way, "When the country is in trouble and the government asks us for help, it is our task, a part of our ministry, to bring the people together. Together, we can decide to use our voices and actions to change the world's bad news... ,". This trip between Dec. 13-15, is her sixth trip in Haiti since 2008. She has shown how little it takes to please people who have very little, in terms of our 'worldly goods'.
Here is a picture of American Marines defending the entrance gate in Cap-Haitian in 1915
As a result, in 1915, the pro-US Haitian President Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam seized power and ordered a massacre of 167 political prisoners, but he was lynched by an angry mob into the French Embassy. In July 28, 1915, the U.S President Wilson ordered an invasion. The 330 marines stormed the shores of Port-au-Prince and soon set up an interim government. Although with the U.S occupation, peace and order was restored in Haiti, the Haitians were never happy with the Americans. The poor were unhappy with their assigned road building works, patriotic middle class resented the foreigners and the elite upper class was denied of the access to the government spending that had previously made them rich.
Do you know who are in this picture? I just want some old time Haitians from Cap-Haitien to give me the answer.
These people were at one time the the city of Cap-Haitian itself. Many of the new generation probably do not have a clue. I remember those days like yesterday. Although many of them install a notion of fair among the populations. However some how, in some twisted way, they helped to maintain order
Mwin pa konnin kombyen nan nou ki kapab di mwin non moun sa yo ki nan foto sa. Min, anpil vyero nan vill Cap-Haitien konnin moun sa yo tres byen. A on moman, moun sa yo te sel kok chante nan vill sa.
Si ou kapab sonje non kek nan yo, di nou?
Help is on the way to Cap-Haitian. Here is a picture of KANTIN MOBIL Ede Pep on top of a flat bed truck as it is heading to the city of Cap-Haïtien for flood relief.
How long can Haitian Government subsidize its Poor?
The Haitian government's National Social Assistance Program (NSAP) is working to give a helping hand to five million-plus Haitians by 2016.
Segments of the population in need include the handicapped, elderly, destitute mothers, students, and farmers. Remedies include cash transfers, farming kits, emergency coupons, solidarity baskets, and hot meals prepared in mobile kitchens.
The U.S. has funded NSAP for $76 million, and the Haitian government has already used $15 million of it. It needs more funding to keep the program going.
Here is a picture showing the extent of the flood in Cap-Haitian. The city is not operational and the extent of the flood, according to some, has never been recorded before. Many people have not been able to conduct their day to day activities.
Cap-Haitien Mayor asks for Flood Relief Aid from Private Sector
A series of storms blasted northern Haiti recently. In Port-au-Prince three children perished when the wall of a home collapsed on them. Reports varied as to the death toll in Cap-Haitien from 5 to 16 deaths, among them 3 children. Four people drowned while trying to forge a river and one other person seemingly was electrocuted.
Wilborde Beon the mayor of Cap-Haitien told the media the city was a disaster zone with ". . . many dead and major damage. All the populous areas are flooded."
Cap-Haitian is covered with water. Haiti Government Responds to Storm Devastation
A storm system pummeled Haiti where the North and West Departments in particular sustained major damage. At last count 8 people were reported dead, and 4,500 evacuated to shelters set up at local schools.
Communes of Cap-Haitien and Cabaret experienced flood conditions with some towns such as Blue Hills, Grand Riviere du Nord, Limonade, Limbé, and Bahon navigable only by boat. In Roi Henri, at Christophe University, the flood waters hampered students from getting to classes. Conditions in coastal areas have had the greatest impact economically with houses and gardens submerged beneath flood waters and livestock drowned.
In Cabaret the Government of Haiti under its National System of Risk Management and Disaster has distributed 4,000 hot meals, 1,000 food kits, and 200 cots. Equipment such as shovels and wheelbarrows, and water purification tablets are being handed out in the North Department.
This is to illustrate the inaugural flight of American Airlines #1632, which took place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and landed in the City of Cap-Haitian, Haiti for the first time. That was a historical day for the population in the North of the country as they celebrated this day that they have been waiting for.
On hand for the event was President Michel Martelly, who flew into Miami where the flight would originate the night before. He was met in Cap-Haitien by the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, the Minister for Tourism, Stephanie Villedrouin, Venezuelan Ambassador to Haiti, Pedro Antonio Canino Gonzalez and Vice President of American Airlines, Art Torno, among others.
The celebration involved a ceremony at the airport following the successful landing, at which the President stated that the feat had been long in coming. He cited that governments had been trying to achieve this since 1952.