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Haitian history, governmental functions, Creole language, Port-au-Prince, national culture

Haitian culture fuses African, French, and West Indian elements. Formerly a social divider, the Creole language is now being used in attempts to define a national culture. The language is used in literature, drama, music, dance, and some governmental functions. Haitian works of art are enjoying increasing worldwide recognition. The country has several outstanding libraries. The collection of the Brothers of Saint Louis de Gonzague (1912), the National Archives (1860), and the Bibliotheque Nationale (1940), all located in Port-au-Prince, contain rare works that date from the colonial period. Also devoted to Haitian history is the National Museum (1983), located in Port-au-Prince.



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Haitian history, governmental functions, Creole language, Port-au-Prince, national culture, National Archives, National Museum, colonial period, drama, dance, attempts, music, French, country, literature, date, collection, Gonzague

 
 

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