The human-made wonders of the Caribbean islands are too vast to limit to only one article. As a continuance of Man-Made Wonders of the Caribbean, Part 1, this article features further human-made wonders from the Caribbean Islands, such as Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Grenada.
Citadelle Laferriere – Built at the beginning of the 19th century by one of the leaders of the Haitian slave revolution, the Citadelle Laferriere is a mountaintop fortress overlooking the northern coast of Haiti. What was once a demonstration of power and security, the Citadelle is featured on local currency, stamps, and postcards, and since 1982, it has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today, the Citadel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti and the Caribbean.
Pomier Caves – First discovered in 1851, this series of 55 caves south of the Dominican Republic is believed to have been created 2,000 years ago by the Taino, Igneri, and Carib people, or the pre-Columbian indigenous inhabitants of the Bahamas. Containing an estimated 6,000 drawings, carvings and pictographs of birds, reptiles, and human figures, archaeologists have long described the importance of preserving the caves and the drawings made from charcoal and animal fat. While the caves have been protected by the natural humidity provided by the depth of the caves (1,000ft below sea level), there has been damage to the area due to nearby limestone mining. Due to the international importance of the caves for the study of the civilization inhabited within the Caribbean Islands for nearly 8,000 years before the rise of western culture, the Pomier caves are being considered for the category of Capital Prehistoric De Las Antillas. Check out reviews and photos here.
Moilinere Bay Underwater Sculpture Park – In 2006, British sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor, created the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Open to the public beginning May of 2006, Taylor aimed to engage the local community with the marine environment surrounding them and to get them aware and involved with the life forms within that environment. A wide variety of concrete human figures, from children holding hands to solitary individuals, were installed onto the ocean floor facing the oceanic currents. While Jason Taylor began the environmental sustainability project to create new areas for corals, sponges, and other marine life, several other artists and organizations have contributed artwork to the further development of the area. Check out this site to see photos of the underwater artwork or to book guided tours of the park here.