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Port-de-Paix (Haitian Creole: Pòdepè or Pòdpè English: Port of Peace) 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 IHSI estimate). Port-de-Paix used to be a large exporter of bananas and coffee.[1]

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
 • MayorVacant
 • Commune462,000
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)


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 a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in 2018.


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

Notable peopleEdit

  • Eliezer Cadet
  • Kervens Michel
  • Lou Evans Arne
  • Jean-Claude Thervil
  • Clavaroche Rock
  • Francisque (Ricot) Jean-Charles
  • Jean Ely Joseph
  • James Aimable
  • Daniel LORISTON
  • Ralph Moreau


  • 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
  • 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
  • Radio 102.7
  • Radio capoix FM 106.3
  • Radio Generation 80 FM 89.9
  • Radio Tele Port-de-Paix 88.3
  • Radio magnitude fm 98.7
  • Radio expression FM 98.9
  • Radio union plus 92.1
  • Radio omega 91.9
  • Radio H plus 104.9
  • Radio Tele Port-de-Paix 88.3