Tortuga (Haiti)

Tortuga Island[1][2] (French: Île de la Tortue, IPA: [il də la tɔʁty]; Haitian Creole: Latòti; Spanish: Isla Tortuga, IPA: [ˈisla torˈtuɣa], Turtle Island) is a Caribbean island that forms part of Haiti, off the northwest coast of Hispaniola. It constitutes the commune of Île de la Tortue in the Port-de-Paix arrondissement of the Nord-Ouest department of Haiti.

Tortuga
Île de la Tortue
Turtle Island
Island
Tortuga seen from space
Tortuga
A map of Haiti with Île de la Tortue to the north.
Coordinates: 20°02′23″N 72°47′24″W
CountryHaiti
DepartmentNord-Ouest
ArrondissementPort-de-Paix
Settled1625
Area
  Total180 km2 (69 sq mi)
Elevation
459 m (1,506 ft)
Population
 (2003)
  Total25,936
  Density144/km2 (376/sq mi)
Time zone−5
  Summer (DST)−4
ClimateAf

Tortuga is 180 square kilometres (69 square miles)[3] in size and had a population of 25,936 at the 2003 Census. In the 17th century, Tortuga was a major center and haven of Caribbean piracy. Its tourist industry and references in many works has made it one of the most recognized regions of Haiti.


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