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Location in Haiti

Centre is one of the ten departments of Haiti, located in the center of the country, along the border with the Dominican Republic. It has an area of 3,675 km² and a population of 564,200 (2002). Its capital is Hinche. It borders the Dominican Republic to the east.


The department is divided into 4 arrondissements:

  1. Cerca la Source Arrondissement
  2. Hinche Arrondissement
  3. Las Cahobas Arrondissement
  4. Mirebalais Arrondissement


One of Haiti's departments, it was formed as a result of territorial redistribution during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier in 1962. With an area of 1,418 square miles, it is the third-largest of Haiti's 10 departments. It is politically subdivided into four arrondissements and twelve communes. The province's capital is Hinche. It is the only landlocked department in Haiti. The Peligre Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam on the island of Hispaniola, is located in the department and provides the Artibonite with vast supplies of water for irrigation of the rice fields.

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