Port-au-Prince facts for kids
Port-au-Prince from space
|Port-au-Prince in Haiti|
|Elevation||98 m (322 ft)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
Port-au-Prince is Haiti's largest city. According to the country's 2015 census, over 2.6 million people lived there.
Port-au-Prince was built in 1749. At that time, Haiti was a French colony called Saint-Domingue. Before 1770, Cap-Français (now Cap-Haïtien) was the capital of Saint-Domingue. In 1770, Port-au-Prince replaced Cap-Français as the capital of Saint-Domingue.
In 1804, the people of Haiti won the Haitian Revolution, and Haiti became an independent country. Port-au-Prince became the capital of this new country. During the French and Haitian Revolutions, it was called Port-Républicain, before Jean-Jacques Dessalines renamed it Port-au-Prince.
Port-au-Prince is the nation's largest centre of economy and finance. It has the most important port in the country, where coffee and sugar are exported. Port-au-Prince has soap, textile, and cement factories, and others to process foods.
Images for kids
The Presidential Palace (National Palace) in Port-au-Prince on 13 January 2010, the day after the 2010 earthquake, showing the extensive damage to the edifice.
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