Miragoâne

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Miragoâne
Miragwàn
Miragoâne is located in Haiti
Miragoâne
Miragoâne
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 18°26′45″N 73°5′24″W / 18.44583°N 73.09000°W / 18.44583; -73.09000Coordinates: 18°26′45″N 73°5′24″W / 18.44583°N 73.09000°W / 18.44583; -73.09000
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Nippes
Arrondissement Miragoâne
Grand Mayor Pierre Prophete
Area
 • Total 185.87 km2 (71.76 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 56,864 [1]
Postal Code HT 7410

Miragoâne (Haitian Creole: Miragwàn) is a coastal town in western Haïti and the capital of the Nippes Department. It is also the headquarters of the Miragoâne Arrondissement. It is regarded as one of the major ports in the trade in used goods. Bales of used clothing, shoes, appliances and used cars arrive at the port from Miami and other U.S. cities. Local merchants in the informal sector buy boxes and bales of used goods to sort and resell them in street markets. Inexpensive merchandise is thus dispersed around Haiti.

The port was used by Reynolds Metals aluminum for export of bauxite which was mined inland between the 1960s and 1980s. It is now the site of a collaboration between Max Hardberger and the Bigio family for further port development.

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