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Tallest Mountains In Haiti

Pic la Selle in the country's southeast is the highest point in Haiti at an elevation of 8,793 feet above sea level.

Haiti is a Caribbean Island on the western part of the island of Hispaniola that it shares with the Dominican Republic. The island was the French colony of Saint-Dominique until 1804 when the Haitian people won the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) and became the second independent nation in the New World. Haiti in modern times is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.

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Pic la Selle

The mountain of Pic la Selle is by far the tallest mountain in Haiti, standing 8,793 feet (2,240 meters) tall. Mount Pic la Selle is located in the department of Ouest, and it is also a part of the Chaîne de la Selle mountain range in Haiti. The area around the mountain is hilly in the northwest but more mountainous in the southeast, with mostly savanna forest in the area around the mountain. The closest town to the mountain is also Fond Parisien, which is about 10.06 miles (16.2 kilometers) away with a population of around 18,000 people.

Macaya

The mountain of Macaya is the second tallest mountain in Haiti, standing at a height of 7,700 feet (2,347 meters) tall. Mount Bois Pin is located in the department of Sud and is part of the Massif de la Hotte mountain range in Haiti. It is also a part of the Pic Macaya National Park, one of only five national parks in Haiti. The area around the mountain has rich soil that supports very dense pine forests, is a source of water generation and supports a number of endemic species, including the endangered small seabird the Black-capped petrel. The closest town to the mountain is Les Cayes, which is about 22 miles (36 kilometers) away with a population of around 86,000 people.

Bois Pin

The mountain of Bois Pin is the third tallest mountain in Haiti, standing 7,351 feet (2,240 meters) tall. Mount Bois Pin is located in the department of Sud-Est, and it is also a part of the Massif de la Selle mountain range.

Kadeneau

The mountain of Kadeneau is the fourth tallest mountain in Haiti, standing 7,036 feet (2,144 meters) tall. Mount Kadeneau is located in the department of Sud-Est, and it is also a part of the Massif de la Selle. The area around the mountain is hilly in the northwest but more mountainous in the southeast, with grasslands growing at the base of the mountain. The closest town to the mountain is also Pétionville, which is about 12.36 miles (19.9 kilometers) away.

Cabaio

The mountain of Cabaio is the fifth tallest mountain in Haiti, standing 6,768 feet (2,062 meters) tall. Mount Cabaio is located in the department of Sud-Est, and it is a part of the Massif de la Selle mountain range. The area around the mountain is hilly in the northeast but more mountainous in the southwest, with savanna forest growing in the nearby surroundings. The closest town to the mountain is Pétionville, which is about 10.81 miles (17.4 kilometers) away with a population of around 376,000 people.

Comparing Haiti's Tallest Mountains To The Rest Of The Caribbean

Compared to the rest of the Caribbean countries, Haiti has some of the tallest mountains. Haiti has two of the top four mountains in terms of highest summits with at least 500 meters (1,640 feet) of topographic prominence, with Macaya being fourth and Pic la Selle being third. Haiti also has two of the top four mountains in terms of having the most topographically prominent summits, with Macaya being fourth and Pic la Selle being second.

RankTallest Mountains in HaitiElevation
1Pic la Selle
8,793 feet
2Macaya
7,700 feet
3Bois Pin
7,351 feet
4Kadeneau
7,036 feet
5Cabaio
6,768 feet
6Morne la Visite
6,684 feet
7Morne a Cire
6,657 feet
8Savane Pistache
6,652 feet
9Dubois6,440 feet
10Grande Colline
6,186 feet

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