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HIDEOUT! Series: Citadelle Laferrière

Citadelle Laferrière

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This addition to the HIEDOUT! Series goes out to the South American readers or those with access to a boat!

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Built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion, at the beginning of the 19th century to guard against the French, whom Christophe was adamant would return to reclaim Haiti (might we add they didn’t).

Now a world Heritage site, Citadelle Laferrière stands atop Bonnet a L’Eveque mountain near the town of Milito. It took 200,000 workers to build this enormous fortification and

One of the most important advantages of this fortress aside from the obvious, that it’s a fortress is within the 40 metre tall walls are enough food storage facilities to store food for up to 5,000 people for up to a year and also include large numbers of bathrooms, dungeons and baking facilities (ovens and the like).

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One might think that a building like this would mean thousands and thousands of visitors each year but according to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) “Today, less than 1,000 paying visitors visit the Citadelle Laferrière annually, despite its being one of the most important sites in Latin America.” So this dramatically reduces your chances of having to fight of 100,00 other people with the same idea as you.

Now the downside is that to get to the citadel, involves a large hike and thus limits what you could feasibly bring with you.  However, if one was smart, you’d bring things like seeds and due to the surrounds of the citadel, there are a number of fruit trees growing fruit such as mangoes and could become an important part of your survival.

Sam

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