Port-au-Prince from space
|Elevation||98 m (322 ft)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
Port-au-Prince was built in 1749 and, in 1770, it replaced Cap-Français (the modern Cap-Haïtien) as capital of the French colony of Saint-Domingue. In 1804, it became the capital of new independent country Haiti. During the French and Haitian revolutions, it was known as Port-Républicain, before being renamed Port-au-Prince by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. When Haiti was divided between a kingdom in the north and a republic in the south, Port-au-Prince was the capital of the republic.
Port-au-Prince is the nation's largest centre of economy and finance. It has the most important port of the country and coffee and sugar are exported. Port-au-Prince has soap, textile, and cement factories and others to process foods.
There is an important airport: Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture ("Toussaint Louverture International Airport"), 10 km north of the city.
|Department capitals of Haiti|
|Cap-Haïtien • Fort-Liberté • Gonaïves • Hinche • Jacmel • Jérémie • Les Cayes • Miragoâne • Port-au-Prince • Port-de-Paix|
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