Organization for the Development of Port-Margot, Inc. (ODEP)
The origin of the name “Port-Margot" is unknown to us. Port-Margot is the first French establishment of St. Domingue and it already bore this name when the buccaneers came to settle in. As of 1630, the French, chased out of the island of St Christophe, had joined force with the Pirates of the Tortoise Island to venture toward the coast of Port-Margot to establish dins, i.e. momentary establishments where they roasted meats or preserved them by exposing them to smoke.
The boundaries of the town of Port-Margot extend in the Northern side by the sea, in the Eastern side by the town of Limbé, in the South by the town of Pilate and in the West by the town of Borgne.
A few hundred meters from the eastern side of Port-Margot’s cove, towards the North-West side is the refuge aka. L’ilet located a few cables’ length away from the Rocher d’Orgeron, which the pirates have used as prison.
The municipality of Port-Margot is divided into six sections in which the last five are only slopes of mountains or just mountains, they are:
Bas-Quartier – Grande Plaine – Bas Petit-Borgne
Corail – Haut Petit Borgne – Bras gauche
The river of Port-Margot traverses the commune vertically. It begins from the hills of Margot, then snakes its way through Petit Bourg, Grand Bourg and ends up at the sea just East of Bayeux.
On its way to the sea, it connects with several other brooks that make up its strength. They are the river of Petit Bourg on the left; the river of Corail connected on the right by that of Corneille, and the river of Petit Borgne merges upstream from that of Bayeux.
The river of Port-Margot is on a torrential routine. During the drought season it has only one thin filament of water, but in rainy season, it terrorized the whole region on its path.
The municipality of Port-Margot is located in the northern coasts of Haiti approximately 35 km of the city of the Cap-Haitian via road <117/East> through the town of Limbé, then the national highway number one. It is also located at 20 km from the town of Borgne while passing through Bayeux via road <117/West> to connect with the town of Port-de-Paix.
FERTILITY OF THE MUNICIPALITY
The municipality is one of the most fertile in the northern region of Haiti due to its many rivers. Approxi-mately a quarter of its mountains is still green and wet and produces several precious commodities like coffee beans, cocoa and other food plants. The rainy season starts in August up to including January.
Around 1900-1980 unemployment was almost nonexistent. The fields were green and production had increased considerably. Each parcel of land was cultivated according to the needs of the community, and the surplus sold to the big cities. Unfortunately, what seemed to be the terrestrial paradise gradually and completely changed. The lands were devalued due to deforestation; the agrarian layer was diminishing daily and moving towards the sea, thus reducing cultivable space. Moreover, the river frequently changing bed had caused enormous losses to the population. Adding insult to injury, the migration towards the metropolitan cities, unemployment, and lack of healthcare had contributed even more to the economic recession of the area.
In spite of these difficulties, Port-Margot still keeps its charm and abounds in activities which satisfy almost everyone. Its beaches are among the most beautiful ones in the country: Chouchou Bay with gilded white sand, Coup de Sable or Cabaret, Pas Kannot, Coco. It’s also worth mentioning Basen Waka in Novion on Thibaud residence. One can also enjoy romantic sunset at Morne Coplan, a camping-site, and action-packed family picnics at l’Ilet.
Municipality Patrons Saints
June 13 – St. Antoine / Aria
July 20 – St Marguerite / Port-Margot
August 24 – St Louis / Novion
September 4 – St Bertin/ Petit Bourg
High school: 6
Seven day Adventist Church – Apostolic Church
Baptist Church – Catholic Church
Evangelical church of Haiti – Pentecostal Church
The Tabernacle of God Church – Wesleyan Church
Tax collector’s office
The Town hall of Port-Margot
Civil registry office
The National Police force of Haiti
Regional Board of education
Health center of Port-Margot
Health center of Petit Bourg de Port-Margot
Health center of Bayeux
Health center of Fauché
Malachi health center
Prepared by: Edouard Ambroise and Anthony Jean
Translated in English by: Odet Pluviose