From 1625 to the revolution in 1804, Haiti was a French colony. Since then, Haiti has continued to be a place filled with French culture. The Citadel was built in the early nineenth century to defend Haiti, now it is an important national symbol. Another historical landmarks is the Sans-Souci Palace. It was the home of King Henri I and his wife Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters. King Henri I was a key leader in the French Revolution, and brought the Haitians to victory. Another major landmark in Haiti is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de L'Assomption or Cathedral of our Lady of the Assumption. This cathedral was located very close to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and was the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. In January of 2010 the cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake, however new designs for its reconstruction have recently been unveiled.
The name Paris is derived from its early settlers, the Parisii tribe. Paris is often reffered to as "The City of Light" because of its role in the Age of Enlightenment and because it was one of the first cities in Europe to adopt gas street lighting. Paris has continued to be a region full of innovation and Paris now has the second highest GDP in Europe (€760 billion). Recently, the Parisian economy has been gradually shifting towards high-value-added service industries such as finance, IT, electronics, optics, and aerospace. Some of Paris' most popular attractions are the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, to name a few. Each of these destinations show the rich history of Paris and France.
Québec is a province in east-central Canada filled with French culture. In 1534, Jacques Cartier made a voyage to Canada and claimed the land in the name of King Francis I. After about 300 years in French control, the Québecois petitioned France and eventually gained independence. Although they cut their econonomic ties, the culture can still be found in many of villages and landmarks in Québec. The Musée de l'Amérique francophone is a museum established in 1955 for the development and promotion of French culture in North America. Another famous landmark in Québec is the Château Frontenac. It is only of the most photographed and well known hotels in the world, and thus one of the most expensive. This historic hotel has now been a "National Historic Site of Canada" for over 30 years.