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Pétionville (Kreyòl: Petyonvil ) (18°31'N 72°17'W) is a suburb in the hills of the Massif de la Selle, about 6 km (2.6 miles) east of the current Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. It was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770 - 1818). Today Pétionville is the home of many of Haiti's rich ruling class as the climate, uphill from Port-au-Prince, is much more pleasant compared to the capital, which is largely at sea level.

Pétionville was founded on September 22, 1831 by the Haitian president Jean-Pierre Boyer.


  • Petionville. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America, edited by Saul B. Cohen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. [1] [accessed on September 22, 2006].

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