Caracol, Nord-Est

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Caracol is located in Haiti
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 19°41′34″N 72°1′05″W / 19.69278°N 72.01806°W / 19.69278; -72.01806Coordinates: 19°41′34″N 72°1′05″W / 19.69278°N 72.01806°W / 19.69278; -72.01806
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Nord-Est
Arrondissement Trou-du-Nord
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (7 August 2003)[1]
 • Total 6,236

Caracol (Haitian Creole: Karakòl) is a commune in the Trou-du-Nord Arrondissement, in the Nord-Est Department of Haiti. It has 6,236 inhabitants.

Caracol was a poverty-stricken fishing village on the north coast of Haiti. It was one of the poorest villages in the country.

Caracol Industrial Park[edit]

In 2012 the Caracol Industrial Park was built on a square mile, 600 acre, 252 hectare site near Carocol. The $300 million project, which includes a 10-megawatt power plant, road, a water-treatment plant, worker housing in neighboring communities, and development of a port in nearby Fort-Liberté, was built with hurricane relief funds, a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank,[2] contributions by the United States government, and The Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State, played central roles in supporting and promoting the project. The anchor tenant is S & H Global, S.A, a subsidiary of Sae-A Trading Co. Ltd, Sae-A, a global clothing manufacturer headquartered in South Korea.[3][4] It began operations in the fall of 2012; a work force of 20,000 is projected.[5] The eventual workforce is projected to approach 65,000 and result in a tenfold expansion of population in the area to about 300,000 from its present 30,000. Social and environmental disruption is anticipated as the result of this hastily planned project.[4][5]


  1. ^ Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI)
  2. ^ "Haiti and its partners lay the foundation stone for the Caracol Industrial Park" (Press release). Inter-American Development Bank. November 28, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "New industrial park in Haiti" (Slide 4 of slideshow). The Miami Herald. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Jacqueline Charles (June 4, 2012). "New industrial park in northern Haiti sparks controversy". The Miami Herald. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Deborah Sontag (July 5, 2012). "Earthquake Relief Where Haiti Wasn’t Broken". The New York Times. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 

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