Petite Rivière de l’Artibonite is a historic city where we find the Palace with 365 gates and the small fort of Crête à Pierrot that King Henri Christophe had built. It may be a small town but Petite Rivière de l’Artibonite has a great significance to Haiti. One of the important battles of the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) was fought here at Crete Pierrot;
Jean-Jacques Dessalines ravaged the French army led by Rochambeau.
This commune includes six communal sections. Lower coursin I, Lower coursin II, Labady, Savannah Rock, Pérodin and Medor. Its inhabitants are called Rivartibonitiens. In terms of its configuration, the dominant terrain is the plain for some areas and the mountain for others. The climate of the Commune is hot. By its geographical position, it is considered interior. The population of Petite Rivière de l’Artibonite was estimated at 120,194 in 1998 and projected to 133,000 in 2004.