3rd Movement: Oath of the Ancestors

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We took the road very early this morning for our field trip to Jacmel. The nuns got a great deal from the government and we took the road on the colorful new buses they’ve acquired from the Venezuelan government

 

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The nuns at my school had a great deal from the governemnt’s new hydraulic bus system and thus we were riding in style in a large colorful bus

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As soon as we found ourselves holding onto our seats, we knew we were approaching Jacmel. The winding road “Rue de l’Amitié or Frienship road was

 

We left Port-au-Prince very early this morning and took the road to Jacmel a picturesque city in the South-Eastern coast of Haiti. It very early this morning to avoid the traffic from Carrefour Feuille. The nuns got a great deal from the government and we took the road on the colorful new buses they’ve acquired from the Venezuelan government

AS soon as we found ourselves having to hold on to our seats, we knew we were getting closer. The friendship road, a gift by t the French Government to Jacmel is a winding road that hugs all the curves of the valleys of the Sougth-East. As we reached the middle of town, the flat central plaza revealed itself to us and all the buildings around the plaza which had recently been renovated revealed themselves to us like on a plateau. The Gazebo n the middle of the plaza was an entry-way to the underground. WE toot that entry way and were immediately immersed in the history of Jacmel. The Plaza had undergone several changes through history, this one being the most recent. We descend a set of staries underneath the plaza and above, stars aligned and delineated the several changes the plaza had overgone throughout time. WE continued aour journey underground until we reached the café’facing the mddle floor of e Manoir Alexandra. There at the entry way, a great set of mahogany staris led us to the top floor wher the famous painting “le Serment des Ancêtres” by Guillaume Guillon Lethière was in exhibition for a year until France would finish restoring the presidential place of Port-au-Prnce when there panitn was exhibited for a long time.

. I knew we were getting closer to Jacmel. This twisting road, “Route de l’Amitié” or Friendship road was built by the French in 1977. My mother explained to us that the French usually built roads in Haiti to respect the landscape. They refused to use dynamite to explode the mountains for straighter access. The construction of Route de l’Amitié was in fact a symbolic sign of reconciliation between the French nation and Haiti. The two countries have had a difficult relationship since Haiti, formerly known as Saint Domingue, gained its independence from France in 1804.

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