Haiti’s Rich History Disputes Recent White House Statements
Contrary to recent statements, Haiti ‘s rich history of rebellion and resilience made it the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Recent news headlines is shining the light on Haiti, but, not necessarily in a positive way. The 45th President of the United States made disparaging remarks about the country referring to it as a ‘s%%thole’ during recent conversations about immigration policies. The remarks were indeed offensive. However, those of us who have taken the time to understand the nation’s rich history know that this statement is untrue. There are numerous example of how Haiti has contributed positively to both the United States and the world at large.
Some examples include the contributions of notable personalities in the diaspora including ; Actress- Garcelle Beauvais; Author- Edwidge Danticat; Musician and Philantrophist- Wyclef Jean; Indianapolis Colts footballer-Pierre Garcon; Dallas Mavericks Basketballer- Samuel Davis Dalembert; New York Giants Footballer-Jason Andrew Pierre Paul and Soccer Player Josmer Jozy Altidore are but a few of many examples.
The easiest response for many in the diaspora is anger. We at 2bKaribbean see this as an opportunity to highlight the many accomplishments and contributions from the people of Haiti. In our opinion, we as a people control the narrative about the Caribbean and should not allow anyone outside of our community too. However, for us to control the narrative, we have to be informed about our Caribbean brothers and sisters so we can dispel rumors and misinformation. With that context, we have chosen to educate and celebrate the great things about this great nation. Here are some quick facts about the sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea.
10 Quick Facts about Haiti
- The original Haitian people, the ‘Taino’, called the country ‘Ayiti’ meaning ‘Land of High Mountains’.
- Haiti was the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world
- In the 18th century, Haiti was the richest colony in the French Empire known as the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’
- Descendants of African slaves make up 95% of Haiti’s population
- Haiti is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean
- The United States did not recognize Haiti as an independent nation until 1862 even though it was freed in 1804
- The Citadel (La Citadelle) located in Northern Haiti is the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere
- In 1801, ex-salve Toussaint L’ouverture, led nearly one million Haitian slaves against Haiti’s French colonist
- Haiti is the second oldest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere after the United States
- The U.S. is Haiti’s biggest trade partners, more than 80% of Haitian exports go to the US and more than half of Haitian imports come the U.S.
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