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Port-de-Paix is located in Haiti
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 19°57′0″N 72°50′0″W / 19.95000°N 72.83333°W / 19.95000; -72.83333
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Nord-Ouest
Arrondissement Port-de-Paix
 • Mayor Vacate
Population (2009)
 • Metro 250,000
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)

Port-de-Paix (Haitian Creole: Pòdepè or Pòdpè) is a commune and the capital of the département of Nord-Ouest in Haïti on the Atlantic coast. It has a population of 250,000 (2009 census).

Formerly a large exporter of bananas and coffee, Port-de-Paix is now a centre for smuggled goods from Miami, Florida, USA.[1]

The area around the town was given the name "Valparaíso" by Christopher Columbus after landing here on December 6, 1492, and still contains many attractive beaches and locations. A ferry operates between the town and Tortuga Island (La Tortue) situated just across the water.

The town was founded in 1665 by French flibustiers, driven from Tortuga Island by the British occupiers. In 1676 the capital of the French Colony of Saint-Domingue was moved from Tortuga to Port-de-Paix, and it remained the seat of government until 1711 when the capital was moved to Cap Français. In 1679 the town saw the first black slave revolt. The area saw great success during the 19th century but in 1802 the town was almost entirely destroyed by fire, and never attained its former status.[2]

Port-de-Paix is also the chief town of an arrondissement of the same name. The arrondissement consists of four communes: Port-de-Paix, Bassin-Bleu, Chansolme and Tortuga Island.


Port-de-Paix is serviced by several regional airlines from Port-de-Paix Airport with domestic flights to both Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince and Hugo Chávez International Airport in Cap-Haïtien.

Notable people[edit]


  • Le Novateur