Each and every visit to the Caribbean is like no other. There is always something new to learn, places to go or things to do. Sculpted by nature, the islands are ever-changing and evolving. With so many islands to choose from it is never easy to decide on where to stop.
We want to introduce you to our beautifully unique islands. Make sure you stay a while, take your time! In the Caribbean there’s no rush, let’s just ‘go with the flow’.
The more you learn, the more you will want to know, so relax and discover
The colours in the Haitian flag depict the country’s status as a former French colony. It is said that the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines developed the Haitian flag from the French flag, hence the resemblance. He rotated the strips so that they were vertical instead of horizontal as in the French flag. The white centre was also removed. Symbolically this represented the removal of white influence. Just the blue and red remain, the Haitians. The blue representing the former slaves and the red representing those of mixed ancestry. In the centre of the flag bears the National Coat of Arms of Haiti.
The coat of arms of Haiti was originally introduced in 1807, and has appeared in its current form since 1986.
It shows six draped flags of the country, three on each side, which are located before a palm tree and cannons on a green lawn. On the lawn various items are found, such as a drum, bugles, long guns, and ship anchors. Above the palm tree, there is a Phrygian cap placed as a symbol of freedom. On the lawn between the drum and the ribbon there were supposed to be two pieces of chain with a broken link symbolising the broken chain of slavery.
The National Anthem of Haiti is called “La Dessalinienne” in honor of Jean Jacques Dessalines, Father of the Country’s Independence. This Anthem was selected as a result of a national competition, celebrating Haiti’s 100 years of independence in 1904.
Pou Ayiti peyi Zansèt yo
Se pou-n mache men nan lamen
Nan mitan-n pa fèt pou gen trèt
Nou fèt pou-n sèl mèt tèt nou
Annou mache men nan lamen
Pou Ayiti ka vin pi bèl
Annou, annou, met tèt ansanm
Pou Ayiti onon tout Zansèt yo.
Pou Ayiti ak pou Zansèt yo
Fo nou kapab, vanyan gason
Moun pa fèt pou ret avèk moun
Se sa-k fè tout Manman ak tout Papa
Dwe pou voye Timoun lekòl
Pou yo aprann, pou yo konnen
Sa Tousen, Desalin, Kristòf, Petyon
Te fè pou wet Ayisyen anba bòt blan.
Pou Ayiti onon Zansèt yo
Se pou-n sekle se pou-n plante
Se nan tè tout fòs nou chita
Se li-k ba nou manje
Ann bite tè, ann voye wou
Ak kè kontan, fòk tè a bay.
Sekle,wouze, fanm kou gason
Pou-n rive viv ak sèl fòs ponyèt nou.
`Pou Ayiti onon Zansèt yo
Ann leve tèt nou gad anlè
Pou tout moun, mande Granmèt la
Pou-l ba nou pwoteksyon
Pou move zanj pa detounen-n
Pou-n ka mache nan bon chimen
Pou libète ka libète
Fòk lajistis blayi sou peyi a.
Nou gon drapo tankou tout Pèp.
Se pou-n renmen-l, mouri pou li.
Se pa kado, blan te fè nou
Se san Zansèt nou yo ki te koule
Pou nou kenbe drapo nou wo
Se pou-n travay met tèt ansanm.
Pou lòt, peyi, ka respekte’n
Drapo sila a se nanm tout Ayisyen
For Haiti, the Ancestors’ Country
We must walk hand in hand
There must not be traitors among us
We must be ourselves’s unique master
Let’s walk hand in hand
For Haiti can be more beautiful.
Let us, Let us put our heads together
For Haiti in the name of all the Ancestors.
For Haiti and for the Ancestors
We must be able, valiant men
Men are not born to serve other men
That is why all mothers and all fathers
Must send their child to school
Must they learn, must they know
What Toussaint, Dessalines, Christophe, Petion
Did to take Haitians under white people’s boots.
For Haiti in the name of the Ancestors
We must toil, we must sow
It is in the soil, that all our strength seats
It is it that feeds us
Let us toil the soil, let us toil the soil
Joyfully, may the land be fertile
Mow, water, men like women
Must we come to live only by our arms’ strength.
For Haiti in the name of the Ancestors
Let’s us raise our head and look above
Must everyone ask the Grandmaster
To grant us protection
For evils may not turns us back
This world-famous double-distilled rum is possibly Haiti’s most prominent export. The family business began on 18th March 1862 in Port-au-Prince and the rum was produced directly from sugar cane juice. One of Haiti’s oldest companies, the rum is widely regards among the finest rums in the world. The distillery which is now located just outside the city in the town of Damiens, is open to visitors. Knowledgeable and friendly staff offer guided tours and around the distillery. There is also the ability to taste the rum and buy the aged reserved rums at great prices!
Before the palace was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1842, it was the royal residence of King Henri I (better known as Henri Christophe) of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters. Henry Christophe was a former slave turned King and it is said that the impressiveness of the palace was to demonstrate to foreigners the power and capability of the black race. Before its destruction it was often compared to the Palace of Versailles in France, the Caribbean equivalent if you will. It was the most important of nine palaces built by the king, as well as fifteen châteaux, numerous forts, and sprawling summer homes on his twenty plantations. Construction of the palace started in 1810 and was completed 3 years later. Its name translated from French means “carefree”. Along with Citadelle and Site der Ramiers, the palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.