Port-au-Prince

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Port-au-Prince
Ville de Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince is located in Haiti
Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince
Coordinates: 18°32′N 72°20′W / 18.533°N 72.333°W / 18.533; -72.333Coordinates: 18°32′N 72°20′W / 18.533°N 72.333°W / 18.533; -72.333
Kintra  Haiti
Depairtment Ouest
Arrondissement Port-au-Prince
Foondit 1749
Colonial seat 1770
Government
 • Mayor Gabrielle Hyacinthe
Area
 • City 36.04 km2 (13.92 sq mi)
Population (2009 Estimation)
 • City 897,859
 • Density 25,000/km2 (65,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 2,509,939
Time zone EST (UTC-5)

Port-au-Prince (play /ˌpɔrtˈprɪns/; French pronunciation: [pɔʁopʁɛ̃s]; Haitian Creole: Pòtoprens; Haitian Creole pronunciation: [pɔtopɣɛ̃s]) is the caipital an lairgest ceety o the Caribbean kintra o Haiti. The ceety's population wis 704,776 as o the 2003 census, an wis offeecially estimatit tae hae reached 897,859 in 2009.[1]

The ceety o Port-au-Prince is on the Guwf o Gonâve: the bay on which the ceety lees, which acts as a natural harbor, haes sustained economic activity syne the ceevilizations o the Arawaks. It wis first incorporatit unner the colonial rule o the French, in 1749, an haes been Haiti's lairgest metropolis syne then. The ceety's layoot is similar tae that of an amphitheatre; commercial destricts are near the watter, while residential neebourheids are locatit on the hills abuin. Its population is difficult tae ascertain due tae the rapid growt o slums in the hillsides abuin the ceety; housomeivver, recent estimates place the metropolitan aurie's population at aroond 3.7 million, nearly hauf o the kintra's naitional population.[2]

Port-au-Prince wis catastrophically affectit[3] bi an earthquake on 12 Januar 2010, wi lairge numbers o structures damagit or destroyed. Haiti's government haes estimatit the daith toll at 230,000 an says mair bodies remain uncoontit.[4]

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Port-au-Prince haes twa sister ceeties:

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