All photographs on this page were taken between 1981-1983
City entrance gates Real street Street on the old painting
The huge citadel, built in the begining of the XIX century by the King Henri Christophe, against believed French invasion from the North ...
... has never been used for military purposes!!!
Its builder, who commited suicide, is burried under the pile of mortar (center).
At the foot of the citadel's hill, toward North, nestles a small village named Milot, and just beside ...
... spread the ruins of a majestic palace, of which the name: "Sans Souci" (Free of Worry) was given by its builder and owner, the same who built the citadel, the King Henri Christophe!
The descendants of the polish soldiers, sent by the french Emperor Napoléon I at the end of the XVIII century to pacify Haitian uprising, are spread over all island, living in remote mountain villages with very difficult or no road access at all ...
Cemetery in Cazal village
... and one can find almost exclusively polish names on the tombstones of these villages graveyards.
Working in Haiti polish fellow countrymen and black polish descendants met polish Pope John-Paul II in Port-au-Prince, in march 1983!
The haitian beaches are clean and beautiful, but, you have to go far from the capital city to find one not polluted ...
... Like this beach and resort at Xaragua, located 80 km north from Port-au-Prince, en route toward Cap Haitien.
In olden days the island was covered with trees and other luxuriant vegetation and drew Christopher Columbus' attention who established on its northern shore the first european fort called La Navidad, built using lumber from his biggest ship, Santa Maria, wrecked nearby on the Christmas Eve 1492.
The life on the island is difficult but colourful!
The haitians are very resourceful people!
The pig's disease
At the beginning of the 1980 the haitian countryside was struck by the serious animal epidemic, the pig's disease. There was no other alternative that eradicate all pigs on the Island. Three Countries came to help the Haitian government: USA - sending money, Canada - sending the administrative staff and Mexico - sending the veterinarians.
Our son Alexandre, member of the Canadian staff, worked as the "cashier".
The South, behind limestone mountains, is known as the cradle of the haitian literature and ...
... its main city, Jacmel, is one of the most beautiful on the island!
Country church Cemetery
Voodoo ceremonials alow the haitians to link two worlds, the one: "where the men wear the hats" - the living world, ...
... and the one: "sans chapeau" (without hat) - the world of departed!
All photographs ©1981-2009 Christophe Serdakowski