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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 Haiti
Department Nord-Ouest
Arrondissement Port-de-Paix
 • Mayor Vacant
Population (2015)
 • Commune 462,000
 • Metro 306,217
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)

Port-de-Paix (Haitian Creole: Pòdepè or Pòdpè) is a commune and the capital of the Nord-Ouest department of Haiti on the Atlantic coast. It has a population of 462,000 (2015 census IHSI). Port-de-Paix used to be a large exporter of bananas and coffee.[1]


During the Amerindian period this area was called "Xarama" by the Taïno people. The area around the town was given the name "Valparaíso" by Christopher Columbus after landing here in the late evening of December 6, 1492, and today still contains many attractive beaches and cave locations. A ferry operates between the town and Tortuga island, (La Tortue), called "Gusaeni Cahini" by the Taïnos, which is situated just across the water.

The town was founded in 1665 by French filibusters, 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 1676, Padrejean escaped from slavery in the Port. In 1679 the town saw the first black slave revolt. The area saw great success during the 18th century but on February 27, 1903 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 five communes: Port-de-Paix, La Pointe des Palmistes, Bassin-Bleu, Chansolme and Tortuga.

Port-de-Paix was hit by an earthquake recently, too. It was a magnitude 5.9.


Port-de-Paix is served by Port-de-Paix Airport.

Notable people


  • Le Novateur


  • Radio Toxic FM 91.3
  • Radio Télé diffusion du Nord-Ouest (RTNO)92.5 & ch.6
  • Radio Balade FM 102.3 MHz
  • Radio Melodie Inter 98.3
  • Radio New Star 104.1
  • Radio Planète FM 100.7
  • Radio Télé Universelle Plus (TRUP)103.5 FM & Ch.10
  • Radio Voix Eglise Bethanie 94.3 FM
  • Radio Voix de la Paix 94.7 FM
  • Radio Harmonie Inter 101.5 Fm Stereo http://www.radioharmonieinter.com
  • Radio Couleur FM 93.9 FM Stereo
  • Radio Télé Ideal Plus 89.7 ch.40
  • Radio Castro Inter 97.1
  • Radio Excel Inter 106.7
  • Radio Dary FM 97.5
  • Radio Paismesbrebis 93.5
  • Radio natal 96.7
  • Radio Cosmos Inter 101.1
  • Radio Perfection 105.7
  • Radio Clean FM 95.1
  • Radio SD 105.1 Fm http://www.radiotelesdfm.com
  • Radio 102.7
  • Radio capoix FM 106.3
  • Radio Generation 80 FM 89.9
  • Radio magnitude fm 98.7
  • Radio expression FM 98.9
  • Radio union plus 92.1
  • Radio omega 91.9
  • Radio H plus 104.9


  1. ^ Port-de-Paix - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  2. ^ FIRE DESTROYS PORT DE PAIX.; Haitian Maritime Town Burned on Thursday ... - Article Preview - The New York Times
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