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Port-au-Prince, West, Haiti (18.54733 -72.33959)

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Name: Port-au-Prince topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 18.33990 -72.56977 18.63073 -72.15893
Minimum elevation: 0 m
Maximum elevation: 2,508 m
Average elevation: 365 m


By then, the colonial administration was convinced that a capital needed to be chosen, in order to better control the French portion of Hispaniola (Saint-Domingue). For a time, Petit-Goâve and Léogâne vied for this honor, but both were eventually ruled out for various reasons. Neither was centrally located. Petit-Goâve's climate caused it to be too malarial, and Léogane's topography made it difficult to defend. Thus, in 1749, a new city was built, Port-au-Prince.

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