Grand-Riviere Du Nord
Grande-Rivière-du-Nord's Rich Heritage as you are looking at
former Haitian military leader Henri Namphy who was born in Grande-Riviere-du-Nord
Grande-Rivière-du-Nord is a repository of historical events, people, and remnants of its past.
Gallifet Sugar Plantation was the site of a Voodoo incantation, leading to the Haiti Slave Rebellion. A few miles away sits military fortress, Citadel Laferriere, which housed battle contingents.
Grande Rivière gave birth to several rulers including Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Pioneering ethnologist, Jean Price Mars, was also born there.
One fact the town can boast of is a significant number of centenarians, one of few places in Haiti where they exist.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the Father of Haitian independence was born in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord
Grande-Rivière-du-Nord is the place where Haiti's slave rebellion began, and it was the site of Grade Rivière du Nord Battle.
During U.S. Occupation between 1915-1934, a rebellion was led by resistance fighter Charlemagne Peralte.
The town contains many attributes. It possesses virgin forestland, produces clean mountain-spring drinking water, and participates in agricultural production.
But its infrastructure is not completely developed with bad roads, and absence of an airport. Projects for the town's urbanization are currently in the works.
Grande-Rivière-du-Nord is the principal city of the eponymous arrondissement. Its name derives from the Grande Nord River.
Its population numbers 50,700 residents. Six neighborhoods comprise Grande Rivière: Grande Gilles, Solon, Caracol, Gambade, Jolitrou, and Cormiers. Mountains encircle the town and it farms coffee, cocoa, and tropical fruits and mines zinc, lead, copper, and silver.
An undeveloped infrastructure contains un-paved roadways and no airport. But projects are addressing these issues.
Here is a picture of former Haitian President Tiresias Simon Sam who was born in Grand Riviere du Nord
Grand Riviere-du-Nord is situated in an historical region of the country. It is a short distance from the colonial city of Cap Haitien and the Citadel Laferriere, a military landmark.
Grand Riviere also contains the Gallifet Sugar Plantation, the most successful sugar farm in the colonial era. The plantation served as backdrop for the Haitian slave revolt, a ten-year war. A Voodoo invocation held on the plantation preceded the insurrection.
Today the city is experiencing resurgence through government projects designed to modernize the city.
Here is a picture of Jean-Baptiste Conze, the Haitian rebel fighter who betrayed Charlemagne Peralte.
By that time, Charlemagne Péralte had already declared a provisional government in the north of Haiti.
Charlemagne Péralte was betrayed by one of his Caco fighters, Jean-Baptiste Conzé. This opportunist, led US Marines Sergeant Herman H. Hanneken and Corporal William Button into the Caco rebels camp which was located at the time near Grand-Rivière Du Nord
A name that has became famous in Haiti in its own right, Jean-Baptiste Conzé "Conzé"