Photographer's Note

The citadel Laferrière was set up in a very particular context, just after Haiti declaration of independence on January 1st, 1804. Hispaniola slaves revolt is the 1st modern one to have succeeded in the world, leaded by the general Jean Jacques Dessalines against Napoleon Bonaparte army. The citadel has the name of the Swiss architect Laferrière who was in charge of the works. It is situated at 28 km southeast of the city of Cap-Haïtien at 836 meters in Milot. General Christophe started the foundations of the fortress. The construction lasted about 15 years and it required a workforce from 10 000 to 20 000 laborers. The walls have a thickness from 5 to 6 m of wide, its longitudinal walls reach 940 m.
The fortress still shelters its ancient ammunition depot. It contains about 50 000 cannonballs stored in a park of artillery of more than 160 items with a majority using 24 pounds cannonballs weighing on average 2,5 tons. Source : Scanned composition overexposed

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gueguel Miguel (Miguel82) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5162 W: 0 N: 4179] (34960)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1998-00-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2016-03-10 3:30
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