Centre in Haiti
|• Type||Departmental Council|
|• Department||3,487.41 km2 (1,346.50 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|ISO 3166 code||HT-CE|
Centre (Haitian Creole: Sant) is one of the ten departments (French: départements) of Haiti, located in the center of the country along the border with the Dominican Republic. As of 2015, its estimated population was 746,236. Its capital is Hinche. It borders the Dominican Republic to the east and is the only landlocked department in Haiti.
Centre is the only department without access to the sea, but is nevertheless affected by soil erosion as a result of deforestation. In 2004, the floods caused by Hurricane Jeanne resulted in hundreds of deaths, focused in Centre and Artibonite Departments.
It contains the second largest lake in Haiti Lake Péligre, which was created as a result of the construction of the Péligre Dam on the Artibonite River during the 1950s. It is the largest hydroelectric dam in the Caribbean.
- Hinche: Former Spanish territory. Birthplace of Charlemagne Péralte, the leader of the Cacos movement, which opposed the American occupation in 1915.
- Mirebalais and Lascahobas: Place of bloody fighting of Toussaint Louverture against the English, who were resupplying in the Central Plateau (1795). Birthplace of Benoît Batraville.
- Cerca la Source Arrondissement
- Hinche Arrondissement
- Lascahobas Arrondissement
- Mirebalais Arrondissement
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