Port-au-Prince topographic map

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About this map

Name: Port-au-Prince topographic map, elevation, terrain.

Location: Port-au-Prince, West, BP98, Haiti (18.38733 -72.49959 18.70733 -72.17959)

Average elevation: 376 m

Minimum elevation: 0 m

Maximum elevation: 1,919 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.