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[[Category:Places of the Haitian Revolution]]
[[Category: Places of the Haitian Revolution]]
Revision as of 19:05, 24 September 2005
Bois Caïman is the site of the vodou ceremony presided over by Dutty Boukman on August 14, 1791. It is widely accepted as the starting point for the Haitian Revolution. Bois Caïman ('Cayman Woods'), in Saint-Domingue, was the site of Boukman's Rebellion on 22 August 1791. It's located in the northern Morne Rouge region of Haiti, southwest of Cap Haïtien.
Most of the trees of Bois Caïman have long since been felled -- gone, like so much of the other magnificent timber in Haiti, to meet the immediate fuel, housing and trading needs of the often-desperate Haitians. Protestants have also been allegded to renmove trees in their zeal to combat vodou.
The caiman is a distant, smaller cousin of the alligator, with an average length of about 6-1/2 to 8-1/2 feet (2-2.5 meters). Caimans are even more distantly related to crocodiles. At least six species of caiman exist. Their habitat ranges from North to South America, including Saint-Domingue and other Caribbean islands.