Port-au-Prince topographic map
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Name: Port-au-Prince topographic map, elevation, terrain.
Average elevation: 532 m
Minimum elevation: 0 m
Maximum elevation: 2,264 m
By then, the colonial administration was convinced that a capital needed to be chosen, in order to better control the French portion of Hispaniola (Saint-Domingue). For a time, Petit-Goâve and Léogâne vied for this honor, but both were eventually ruled out for various reasons. Neither was centrally located. Petit-Goâve's climate caused it to be too malarial, and Léogane's topography made it difficult to defend. Thus, in 1749, a new city was built, Port-au-Prince.