What Happened To “The Paris Of The Antilles”?

 

Photographer Jeremiah Gilbert is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From his project ‘Cap-Haïtien Street Scenes’ .  To see Jeremiah’s travel tales click on any image.

 

 

 

 

Cap-Haïtien is a city of about 190,000 people on the north coast of Haiti. During the French colonial era, it was the richest city in the Caribbean and was nicknamed “The Paris of the Antilles” because of its wealth and sophistication. Despite this rich history, today there is a lot of poverty in Cap-Haïtien. On the way to the city center from the airport, for instance, one passes through one of the country’s most dilapidated and trash-covered slums. As the city’s infrastructure was little damaged by the 2010 earthquake that ravaged much of southern Haiti, many residents have moved here from Port-au-Prince, adding to its congestion and dilapidation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Jeremiah Gilbert

 

 

 

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