Les Cayes during the Haitian Revolution
In 1796 rioting against European colonial settlers erupted in Aux Cayes, killing many.
Birthplace of famous Haitians
Born in Cayes were also General Geffrard (1761) and presidents Charles Hérard the elder, Michel Domingue, Lysius Félicité Salomon Jeune (1815), Boisrond Canel (1832) and Antoine Simon (1843).
Simón Bolívar's stay in Aux CayesSimón Bolívar first landed in Aux Cayes. Bolívar left Haiti on April 10, 1816 for Venezuela, but returned in mid September of that year to this Haitian coastal town after lost battles in South America. Resupplied by the Haitian President Pétion he sailed again from Haiti on December 28, 1816, this time to successfully conclude his struggle for South American liberation from colonialism.
Les Cayes today
Les Cayes is an important shipping port for agricultural goods and is situated near several pristine beaches. Antoine Simon Airport is a regional airport located in Les Cayes.
- Toussaint dialogue with Léger Félicité Sonthonax (1797) - Toussaint Louverture mentions the Cayes Affair, the revolt against French settlers in 1796.
- Memoir of Toussaint Louverture, Written by Himself
- Beard, J. R. (John Relly) (1863). Toussaint L'Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography. Chapel Hill, NC: Academic Affairs Library, UNC-CH. Online Publication
- Extrait du rapport addressé au Directoire executif par le citoyen Toussaint Louverture, general en chef des Forces de la République française a Saint-Domingue. (1797) Chez P. Roux, imprimeur. Cap-français, n.d. .
- Les Cayes. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America, edited by Saul B. Cohen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. . [Accessed on 1/30/2006].
- La Ville Des Cayes - Unofficial Les Cayes Portal.
- Haiti-Référence: Profil de la Ville des Cayes - (French text)
- Les Cayes weather - Current weather and forecast.
- Map of Cayes (1786) - Map by Phelipeau. (French text)