About Haiti

  • Only 600 miles off the coast of Florida
  • It shares the island of Hispaniola with the Domincan Republic 
  • Capital is Port-au-Prince
  • Was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494
  • Official languages are French and Haitian Creole 
  • Currency is called the Gourde
  • The term 'Haiti' is derived from 'Ayti', a Taino word that means 'mountainous land'

  • Population is roughly 8.3 million