Haïti, HAY tee, is a country in the West Indies.  It covers the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which lies between Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea.  Most of Haïti is mountainous, and the country's name comes from an Indian word that means high ground.   Haïti has been independent since 1804 and is the oldest black republic in the world.  Christopher Columbus arrived at Hispaniola in 1492 where the ship Santa Maria ran aground and his crew established a Spanish fort near the city of Cap-Haïtien.  The fort was named Fort Navidad in what is now Haïti.  Most of the population are descendants of black Africans brought to Haïti as slaves.  Most live in the overcrowded coastal plains and mountain valleys.  Two chains of mountains run across the northern and southern parts of Haïti and form two peninsulas at the west end of the island.  The Artibonite Valley of the Artibonite River lies between the mountains in eastern Haïti.  Haïti has a tropical climate with mild temperatures.  Haïti began printing stamps in 1881, but didn't print Marian stamps until 1942.

The World Book Encyclopedia, World Book, Inc., Chicago, 2004, pgs. 14-17.


 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 340; Y&T: 280

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 341; Y&T: 281

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 342; Y&T: 282

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 343; Y&T: 283

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 344; Y&T: 284

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 345; Y&T: 285

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 346; Y&T: 286

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 347; Y&T: 287

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: 348; Y&T: 288

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 14; Y&T: 16

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 15; Y&T: 17

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 16; Y&T: 18

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 17; Y&T: 19

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 18; Y&T: 20

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 19; Y&T: BL 1

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 20; Y&T: HBL 2

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 12/8/1942;
Scott: C 21; Y&T: HBL 3

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 7/19/1944; Scott: 355

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haïti
Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, patronne de Haïti
Date: 7/19/1944; Scott: 356

 

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