North-West (French: Nord-Ouest) is one of the ten (10) Departments (French: Départements) of Haïti. It has an area of 2,176 Km² (840.158 296 988 Sq mile) and a population of 488,500 (2002). It is located in the Northwest tip of Hispaniola. The Department is divided into three (3) Districts (French: Arrondissements): 1.- Môle Saint Nicolas 2.- Port-de-Paix 3.- Saint Louis du Nord The Districts are divided into Counties (French: Communes). The District of Môle Saint Nicolas is divided into four (4) Counties: 1.- Jean-Rabel (Pronunciation: ZHAWG-rah-BEL) 2.- Môle Saint Nicolas 3.- Bombardopolis 4.- Baie de Henne
The County of Jean-Rabel is the most important in the western area of the Department. It has an area of 471.77 Km² (184.51 square mile). It is located at Latitude 19°52′ N and Longitude 73°11′ W. It is bordered by: 1. The Atlantic Ocean on the North side, 2. The County of Môle Saint Nicolas on the West side, 3. The County of Port-de-Paix on the East side, 4. The Counties of Baie-de-Henne and Anse-Rouge (Artibonite Department) on the South side.
The County of Jean-Rabel share its name with the Town (French: Ville) of Jean-Rabel which is a major metropolitan business area. The town of Jean-Rabel is 23 mi/37 Km WSW of Port-de-Paix and 155.35 mi/250 Km North of Port-au-Prince. The County also share its name with the river: The River of Jean-Rabel.
Jean-Rabel's territory is divided into eight (8) areas - The town of Jean-Rabel and Seven (7) sections:
Jean-Rabel's territory contains two mountain ranges: the Saint Nicolas mountain range, located in the central part has the two highest altitude point (The Pic Morvan, 800 meters high; Mount Château, 840 meters high) , and the Jean-Rabel mountain range with the highest point is 850 meters.
Did You Know?
The Republic of Haïti has three places with the name of Jean Rabel: 1.- Jean-Rabel in the North-West Department. (Lat 19°52′ N Long 73°11′W) 2.- Jean Rabel in the North-East Department. (Lat 19°26′ N Long 71°47′W) 3.- Jean Rabel in the South-East Department. (Lat 18° N Long 72° W)
Jean-Rabel's Environmental Geography and Management