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Thanks for posting this.

Great job, eRobin!

Great job, eRobin!

I suggest everyone sees the movie The Agronomist because it illustrates modern haitian history and how corrupt it has been.

Hi Zach :) I've been putting that one off because it looked so competely depressing. The maker of that film is working on another about Haiti though - I think.

Great post, thanks.

Here's a little bit of historical background on the island of Hispaniola. It's amazing how the present mirrors the past.

During the 17th , 18th and 19th centuries the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) was the most profitable of all of Europe's Caribbean holdings, creating more wealth through sugar production than all of the other Caribbean islands combined.

It's interesting to note, in light of the reparations movement here in United States, that the origin of the fortunes of many of Europe's most prominent wealthy families can be traced back in an unbroken line directly to this island. A shining example of early capitalism that was held up as a model of efficient production at universities throughout France and Spain all through the 18th and 19th-century.

Not until Karl Marx was anyone able to truly encapsulate this approach to turning human beings into eminently replaceable parts of a capitalist machine, parts whose sole purpose was the production of wealth for individual gain.

By the time of the revolution in Haiti in 1791, it was estimated that between three and five million slaves had been imported onto the island beginning around 1540. That same year the island's population was only around 556,000, 500,000 of which were black slaves. The mortality rate for abducted Africans forced into the rigors of chattel slavery was around 50 percent in the first three to eight years. The French observer Hilliard d'Auberteuil estimated that, during a roughly 100 year period beginning in 1680 over 800,000 slaves were imported into the port of Saint Domingue alone, but in 1776 the slave population was only 290,000. Not until World War II and the Holocaust did our planet see people being worked to death on this scale.

Few people know that Haitian soldiers fought alongside Minutemen in the U.S. war of independence. Three battle hardened companies fresh from defeating napoleons invading troops in Haiti, came to reinforce Washington along the Potomac. Former Marechaussee (a kind of police force that hunted down runaway slaves) and Maroons (escaped slaves who became rebels and resistance fighters), they were Guerrilla fighters whose tactics some believe the early Americans emulated in order to defeat the superior British forces.

The more recent contributions Haitians make to the United States are as easily overlooked. Almost anywhere you go in South Florida, there they are, the new "Invisible Man" and woman, working the kitchen of that restaurant, driving that cab, guarding that building, caring for the elderly, cleaning up someone else's mess. Usually Doing those jobs that no one wants to do, jobs that disfranchised African-Americans long ago learned lead nowhere. Illegal Haitians often worked construction and other jobs for minimum wage or less.

Before 911 George W. Bush wanted to grant citizenship to the more than one million illegal immigrants, Haitians were specifically excluded from this proposal that was termed immunity.

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