Sugar History & Houses on the Hills

Evening Hills PaP 2Sugar cane has a long and mostly painful history here in Haiti. Before it became the Republic of Haiti, this part of the island generated huge profits for the slave-holding French colonists. So it was with a mix of interest and discomfort that I took in all the sugar-making implements and buildings at the Sugar Cane Historic Park (Parc Historique de la Canne a Sucre), a private park, meeting space, restaurant and tourist site on the eastern edge of PaP. I was there for a full-day meeting but enjoyed the breaks and the end of day to explore the site a bit, and as you’ll see it’s rather picturesque. Given its incredible and utterly unique history, its mix of rugged mountains and beaches, its quite unique and rich culture and art — Haiti by rights should be the biggest tourist magnet in the Caribbean in my opinion.The mix of poor infrastructure, weak security and health care baselines, and other obstacles make it more of an adventure-tourist or even “humanitarian tourist,” especially for all the one-week teen-aged missionary visitors that fill the planes from Atlanta in their shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops). But I know the government certainly hopes tourism can grow and I for one hopethat the baseline infrastructure and other conditions improve sufficiently that Haiti’s manifest attractions for tourism can be more evident to the masses of North Americans who seek a safe, interesting and warm escape from cold winters :-). It’s been months since I last posted, and I apologize. Given the long delay, I’ve thrown in a few other random shots from around PaP, mostly views of houses on the hills. Every photo file should have a name which will tell you roughly what it is. Hope you enjoy!
Canne a Sucre 6Canne a Sucre 12

Canne a Sucre 7Poinsettia on Montagne Noir

3 responses

  1. Stephen Brockmann

    Hey Paul, nice pictures, as always! Thanks for sharing. Looking at the sugar cane history, I was wondering if they make any good rum in Haiti? Or is that all a thing of the past? Hope you’re getting in some good leisure time in addition to all your work!

    June 2, 2016 at 08:17

    • Yes indeed, Steve: Rhum Barbancout, a source of great local and national pride :-). That’s the best-known brand, but actually local clairin – a less filtered style of rum, I think – is very popular local. Served up with crushed mint it can be quite lovely.

      June 2, 2016 at 13:13

  2. Diane Rachiele

    A place in Haiti I have actually visited, they have craft fairs and other events there from time to time. Haitian rum … rum sours … aaaahhhhhh … miss those! xo

    June 3, 2016 at 22:23

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