National Geographic : 1931 Jan
SKYPATHS THROUGH LATIN AMERICA Photograph by Capt. A. W. Stevens ON TOP A STEEP, WOODED PEAK THE CITADEL OF CHRISTOPHE REARS ITS RUINED HEAD This mighty fortress was built as a last retreat for the Black King, should the French return after their expulsion from Haiti. Its construction is variously estimated to have taken a toll ranging from io,ooo to 20,000 lives. Many experienced travelers regard it the most wonder ful structure in the West Indies, when its size and site are taken into consideration (see, also, illustration, page 22). o13-foot wing almost scraped the tops of the bushes that fringe the lake. But Haw kins is acautiousflyer-cautious as the man who swam the Hudson with an armful of eels and lost none. Our wing, of course, was nowhere near the bushes. The border is more than an imaginary line, as you cross from Haiti into the Dominican Republic. You can tell where one country quits and the other begins, because Haiti is so much more thickly set tled. Below us, for many miles east of the lake, we saw no people at all-only a herd of wild horses that dashed from a grove of trees and fled in a dust cloud, their tails up like hearse plumes. Nearing Neiba Bay and Barahona, we flew over sugar fields. Gas tractors were at work; neat tram-lines tied the square cane fields to a big sugar mill-a contrast with the unbelievably primitive life in rural Haiti. Coming again to the sea, we headed for San Pedro de Macoris. Over a flat, tree fringed atoll our path lay. Before straw huts a few boats were pulled up on the yellow sands. Men were drying salt in a tide flat (see, also, page 17).