In Cap-Haitien, the Cup of international draughts takes place


What do we know about Haiti and Haitians? Perhaps only that: “Haiti, Haiti, – I have not been to any Haiti! They feed us well here too!” (“The Return of the Prodigal Parrot”).

Recently, international draughts  tournaments have been actively held there. Many Haitians players from Latin America play on the portal , showing a very good level of training. And now very strong players are taking part in the Cup in Cap-Haitien.

At one time , a well- known Haitian draughts players took part in the World championships and played with Harm Wiersma.

In the meantime, the results of the Cup  here .

And the history of Cap-Haitien is below.

Cap-Haïtien (Cap-Haïtien) or Le Cap (Le Cap) is the fourth largest city in Haiti. Located on the north shore of the island. The administrative center of the Northern Department. The population is 200,251 people (2005). The city was founded in 1670 by the French and was called “Cap-Français” until the country gained independence in 1804. European travelers nicknamed it “Paris on the Antilles”. Until 1770, the administration of the French colony of San Domingo was located here

During the aggravation of relations with France (1798-1800) and the American Civil War, Americans were interested in the harbor of Cap Haitien. In 1802, the old city was almost destroyed during the fighting. The self-proclaimed king Henri Christophe built the city anew, but the buildings of his time were mostly not preserved due to the enormous damage caused in 1842 by an earthquake and in 1928 by a hurricane.

In the city itself, only the parish church has survived from the colonial period, but 12 km from the city, the ruins of the Henri Christophe residence with the Sans Souci Palace and the Laferriere fortress, which is called the largest in the Western Hemisphere, have survived. Nearby stands in ruins the palace of Napoleon’s sister, Pauline, in which she lived during her husband’s unsuccessful invasion of Haiti in 1801.

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