Architecture of Haiti
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The architecture of Haiti is severely limited as no true buildings
exist from the pre-Columbian times and building since have rarely lasted. The first
settlers left little behind as most early architecture was made from wood or other
local resources that have been lost to time. Additionally, due to hurricanes and
earthquakes in the country much of their architecture has been destroyed over time.
Of the early architecture, the best preserved is in the town of Jacmel (or Yaquimel).
This town has a historic heart that includes architecture from the
Spanish and French, along with numerous local creole
structures that better represent the people today. Although there was damage done
to the city in the 2010 earthquake, Jacmel fared better than many other cities,
including the capital of Port-au-Prince was leveled from the disaster.