🤔 Did you know?
Haiti was the French Empire’s richest colony in 18th century but today, it is one of the poorest countries in the West. Its flag as well is inspired by French. They don't celebrate Halloween, most probably they wouldn't have even heard about it. So if you are someone annoyed during Halloween fly there and enjoy the summer any time of the year.
More about Haiti:
|27,750 sq. km (147th in the world)
|Haitian Creole and French
|Father of Nation
|11.5 million (2023)
|Per Capita Income
|1,747 USD (2022)
Back in the day, the Taíno people were living it up on the island when Christopher Columbus made his grand entrance in 1492. The French joined the party in the 17th century, turning Haiti into a sugarcane gold mine with the help of some not-so-happy enslaved folks.
But hold up, here comes the plot twist – the Haitian Revolution in the late 18th century. Enslaved Haitians, led by the likes of Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, were like, “We’re done being oppressed.” Boom, Haiti becomes the first independent post-colonial state in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1804.
Fast forward, and Haiti faces political turmoil, foreign interventions, and a series of leaders who could probably fill a telenovela script. There’s even a U.S. military occupation in the mix.
The latter half of the 20th century sees Papa Doc Duvalier taking the stage – he’s like the dictator extraordinaire, ruling with an iron fist. Things get a bit messy, but eventually, his son Baby Doc gets the boot.
Then comes the 21st century, and Haiti faces natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake in 2010. But amidst the challenges, there’s a resilient spirit, a vibrant culture, and the infectious beat of kompa music keeping the rhythm alive.
Today, Haiti continues to dance to its own beat, navigating a complex history with strength, pride, and the unmistakable flair of the Caribbean. Ayiti, se la pou la!