MAY 18, 1803

*  HAITI still under French rule
*  Flag created by
Jean - Jacques Dessalines
Former slave and rebel leader
*  At the Congress of Archaie

November 18, 1803

*  Battle of  Vertieres
Led to surrender of Cap - Haitien
Exodus of the French leaders

January 1, 1804, at Gonaives

* Dessalines proclained independence  for
Saint - Domingue
* Restored native Taino name HAITI,
meaning "Mountainous Land"

On that day Haiti became the  Western
Hemisphere's second nation - twenty seven
years after the United States - to shake the
yoke of European colonialism.

Haiti also became the world's first Black republlic.


The County (Commune) of La Vallee de JACMEL

* Department  SUD - EST
* Approximately  90 sq. kilometers
* Forty thousand  inhabitants
* 50  kM  southwest of PORT au PRINCE
* Most ordained Priests & Nuns per capita


Town of RIDORE

* Rough 20 kM drive from JACMEL
* Seat  of  local government
* Local Market Center
* St. Joseph Dispensaire Hospital
* Elevation of 800 meters (2500 FT)
* Moist and mild climate


Valleans are industrious and friendly people with
great prospects for their future. Their efforts and
successes are to be seen throughout the website.

A.H.D.H. is proud to associate with CODEVA and the
people of La Vallee, and to share their story.
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