Sugarcane farming has been integral to Haiti and has defined the country’s history. The sugarcane cultivation has been aptly depicted in the Parc Historique de la Canne a Sucre, also known as Sugarcane History Park. If you are interested in knowing all about Haiti and its sugarcane farming history, just go ahead and book cheap flights to Port au Prince and have an interesting tour of this park.
The Sugarcane History Park is situated along the boulevard in Tabarre in the capital city of Port au Prince. Spread over 1.29 hectares, this site was earlier a sugar plantation zone during the French colonial rule and continued to be so even after Haiti’s independence. The Haitian government finally decided to restore the Parc Historique de la Canne a Sucre and declared it to be a heritage to commemorate the country’s historical past.
Sugarcane farming has extensively been carried on since time immemorial. The French colonizers brought slaves from Africa to work in the sugarcane farms. The site where the park is located used to be a vibrant sugarcane plantation in the late 1700s, where a processing plant was also set up. The restored Sugarcane History Park now serves as an entertainment hub. Visit the museum here and you will be amazed to see the restored appliances that were used during those times for plantation and sugarcane processing.
Haitian government entrusted Françoise Canez Augustus the task of restoring the park in 2004. He endeavored hard, fulfilled his responsibilities and even invested his own money and renovated the area to commemorate the Slave Route. After restoration, the Sugarcane History Park has since opened its door for the people on 22nd August 2004.
Visit to the Sugarcane History Park will take you down the memory lane. A guided tour is available, which will help you learn more about the past. According to its history, this big sugarcane plantation site was originally owned by a Frenchman, who used to export sugar as well as other sugarcane products, such as rum, to France.
Here you will find the bell which was used for ringing to guide the slaves when to work, eat and go home after completing their work for the day. A big water wheel used during that time was also prominently displayed. There are many more exhibits at display at the Sugarcane History Park, which are sure to keep you spellbound.