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Feb 25, 2018 - Milot - Sans Souci Palace

Bonjour - Let's begin with Sans Souci Palace. The Builder - Henri Cristophe - modeled the palace on Frederick II's palace in Potsdam. While the palace was devastated in the 8.1 earthquake of 1842, enough remains to show what a wondrous place it would have been in this remote part of the Caribbean. Or anywhere for that matter. Tapestries and marble were imported from Europe, but the furniture was fashioned by local artisans of island mahogany. Frederick sent a carriage as a gift. Christophe had another built, larger and more ornate as a...

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Feb 25, 2018 - Citadelle La Ferriere

Welcome back - The second half of Haiti's World Heritage site is Citadelle la Ferriere - the aptly named Fortress on the Summit. Construction began in 1804 and ended in 1820. It required the labor of 20,000 men and was the garrison for 5,000 troops. Its walls are 4 meters thick and 40 meters high. It is by far the largest fortress in the Caribbean yet never saw its cannons fired in anger. The approach from Milot begins at the Palace. I'm pillioned between the driver and my guide on an off-road motorcycle. The ascent is steep and winding...

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Feb 23, 2018 - Le Cap - Another Pilgrimage

Bonjour - First, a bit of background. After the Spanish had killed off the indigenous Taino, the French took over. French Saint Domingue boomed to where it was the richest colony in the New World, more valuable to the French than the combined American colonies were to the British. And its capital, Le Cap, or Cap Francais was the "Paris of the Antilles', with fine houses and theatres performing the latest plays and operas from the home country. This economy was, of course, built on the labor of slaves. But then comes ... but more about that...

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