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Battle of Vertières Day


Haiti’s ultimate independence from France was won in The Battle of Vertieres, a site now part of the city of Cap Haitian.  Historians tell that on November 18th, 1803, the leader of the Haitian rebels, General François Capois, mounted a great horse and led the charge against the French army.  In a hail of bullets Capois went down – his horse killed in the barrage.  Undeterred, he rose from the ground, drew his sword, and advanced shouting “Forward! Forward!”  Watching from the field, French commander, General Rochambeau, ordered his drummers to sound a temporary cease fire.  The fighting halted and a French soldier rode across the battle field to deliver a message to Capois:  “General Rochambeau sends compliments to the general who has just covered himself with such glory!”  The soldier then saluted the Haitians, returned to his position, and the fighting resumed. Continue reading »

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Citadel Cistern from base looking up

The Citadel is a fortress built on a mountain top in northern Haiti after the revolution in 1804 to defend against any French attempt to retake the former colony.  Inside are cisterns built to retain enough drinking water to sustain Haitian troops for up to a year.  This photo was taken at the bottom of the main cistern.  Copyright 2011 Adam Bacher, All rights reserved. Absolutely NO usage without prior authorization.

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