Heros de Vertieres

Heros de Vertieres, Cap-Haitien: Address, Heros de Vertieres Reviews: 4/5

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Andrew M
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Monument to the last major battle for Hatian independence
Dec. 2019
The monument Vertieres is located on the Route National Highway # 1 which connects Cap Hatien to Gonaives. It is a few kilometers from the town center. On arriving at the site, you will see a large open park area which is very popular with locals. To the left of this area is a white columnar shaped monument. A beige plaque on this structure states, "to the glorious dead of the day of Vertieres - the grateful homeland". This monument was dedicated in 1929, to celebrate the 126th anniversary of the battle. At the top of the monument is the Hatian coat of arms, which shows a palm tree topped by a Phrygian cap. There are three spears on either side of the tree, and canons pointing in both directions.

The main monument is on a slight rise overlooking the square. Large bold letters state the name of the battle and the date i.e. 18 November 1803. Above this area is a whitewashed rock sculpture with seven bronze figures. These figures are the local heroes of the battle, and I thought included, Jean Jacques Dessalines, François Capois, Jean-Philippe Daut, Benjamin Noel, General Gabart and General Clervaux. One of the figures is a lady who is grieving for a fallen soldier. All figures are looking towards the sky, perhaps saying a final word for the fallen. The soldier on the right has a flag in hand and is saluting.

There are three plaques on the stone sculpture. The first states the initial construction and dedication of the monument in 1953 on the 150th anniversary (1803-1953) of the battle. The second relates to it's restoration and celebration of the 180th anniversary of the battle (1803-2003). It also states that the renovation is in homage to the Founding Fathers of the Fatherland. The third plaque states "To the honour and glory, and to us their worthy sons and daughters" - Respect, Restitution and Reparation. All plaques were a little difficult to read as they were stained with whitewash. It would be a simple task to clean the plaques, and we hope that this is done in the near future.

The battle story is well known in Haiti for the bravery of François Capois who led the charge against the remaining French soldiers (approx 5,000) in Cap Hatien. Fort Vertières was the last French stronghold on the island. The French were led by General Rochambeau, and the slave army by Jean Jacques Dessalines. Capois led four unsuccessful assaults on the fortress, and his horse was shot during the last assault. He continued fighting, and the French general was so impressed by his bravery that he asked for a cessation of fire to provide a replacement horse to Capois.

Dessalines sent reinforcements in the afternoon, and by the end of the day, most of the French defenders had fallen in battle or were injured. Their surrender was accepted the following morning by Dessalines, and the French were given 10 days to leave the island. Independence was announced by Dessalines, six (6) weeks later in Gonaives. November 18th is remembered annually in Haiti, as "Victory Day".
Written January 7, 2020
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Doumafis
Boston, MA2 contributions
Peyizaj Ayisyen (Haitian Landscape)
Jun. 2019
The Heros de Vertieres is a phenomenal monument that must be seen by all visitors and tourists wishing to view Haitian historical legacy at its Best. Most importantly, it is a symbol of Freedom to remind the world of the danger of slavery and its aftermath.
Written September 16, 2019
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DGH Chocolatier
Wakefield, UK1,231 contributions
A must see!!!!
Apr. 2018 • Friends
nothing much to do but this site is so important This historic victory for the enslaved people of Haiti and stands as a highly significant marker on the way to a slave free world and hope for reality of liberty and equal rights for all people everywhere. so happy to have visited the northern part of Haiti. A must see!!!!
Written May 5, 2018
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Judie D
Queens, NY49 contributions
Important Site
Nov. 2017 • Friends
Nothing much to do but this site is so important and I was so happy to have visited the northern part of Haiti. I loved what this site represents. A must see!!!!
Written November 18, 2017
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Joshua
Lexington, KY68 contributions
Worth seeing!
Sep. 2017 • Business
A tremendous historic monument commemorating a powerful and remarkable moment in history. Not much to do, but a great thing to see.
Written September 7, 2017
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Adrian K
Warsaw, Poland251 contributions
Historic sqaure, far from the centre
Jul. 2017 • Friends
Heros de Vertieres is a historic square, quite far from the centre and the surrounding area is in a really bad shape - poor, neglected, might be dangerous after dark.
Written July 30, 2017
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LeGrace B
Ithaca, NY133 contributions
Battle of Vertieres victory freed Haiti from slavery.
Nov. 2016
A must see for tourists to this historic site. This historic victory was a victory for the enslaved of Haiti and stands as a highly significant marker on the way to a hope for reality of liberty and equal rights for all people everywhere.
Written July 16, 2017
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eyemabajan
PA21 contributions
Nice monument
Jul. 2017 • Couples
The area and the monument were clean and well maintained. Nice place to take a photo with cultural/historical significance
Written July 12, 2017
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Sabine J
33 contributions
Freedom Monument
May 2017
It was very exciting for me to be in the location where our ancestors fought the French for our freedom I think everyone needs to see this monument I felt very proud and grateful.
Written May 20, 2017
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hunterkittrell
Cap-haitien, Haiti11 contributions
Historic Site... not well taken care of.
Aug. 2016 • Family
This very important spot in Haitian history is not very well taken care of. If you are traveling to Cap Haitien, you can see it on the side of the road, but there is nothing to do and not much to see. There is so much trash and local people just hanging out that it is not very welcoming to outsiders coming to experience the location. Would recommend a drive by, but not a stop.
Written December 21, 2016
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