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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Port-au-Prince, population 846,200 (1995), is the capital of Haiti. It is located on a bay of the Gulf of La Gonave. The city exports coffee and sugar. Port-au-Prince has food-processing plants and soap, textile, and cement factories.

It was founded in 1749 by French sugar planters. In 1770, it replaced Cap-Ha´tien as capital of the colony of Saint-Domingue, and in 1804 it became the capital of newly-independent Haiti.

Landmarks include the quay, the University of Haiti, the National Palace, the National Museum, and the Basilica of Notre Dame.