Haiti 🇭🇹

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.
🤖 sub reddit: r/haiti

Interesting...comments:

Q: How would you describe Haiti in the shortest way possible?

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Short answer: sad, stateless, anarchy

Long answer: Voodoo, devastating earthquake back in 2009/10?, extreme poverty, Caribbean, run by gangs, cool terrain, Port au Prince, militant/dangerous police who are super corrupt and only take bribes, President was assassinated, huge part of the country was deforested, tropical, walled-off handful of rich people who live in hotels with private security forces, crumbling/nonexistent infrastructure, roadblocks, protests, bananas and fruit, very dark history of slavery/slaughtering/uprising/civil wars, cartel violence, revolutions, old tires burning in the street, random gunfire, border with DR, French language, food/medicine/gasoline in very dire shortage, ripe for some kind of military/authoritarian takeover with a regime being propped up by Russia or China, or, then again maybe nobody cares enough and the country will just continue to descend into statelessness. Street vendors, lots of bootleg medical remedies, child beggars, beautiful French architecture, that one Haitian gang leader who was burning people/rivals to death in the street as punishment.

I knew Haiti had an earthquake like 15 years ago and was poor but I thought things had stabilized somewhat until I watched Indigo Traveller’s YouTube series and you quickly realize that things have gotten so bad there.

Haiti is pretty close to anarchy / statelessness / anything goes. DR is building some major high security border wall. So idk what the future holds for Haiti’s foreign workers and their small struggling economy.

Sad. Just all around sad. That’s how you describe Haiti. It is basically on par with some of the poorest nations in subsaharan Africa in terms of its development."


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Victim.

Victimized by French and US banks. Victimized by white supremacy. Victimized by the repeated US Marine occupations. Victims of Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier and their US backers. Victimized by repeated interventions into their political affairs (the forced removal of Aristide etc.) by a certain declining superpower with fever dreams of hegemony."


More about Haiti:

ContinentNorth America
Area27,750 sq. km (147th in the world)
Capital CityPort-au-Prince
GovernmentSemi-Presidential Republic
Official LanguageHaitian Creole and French
Father of NationDessalines
CurrencyHaitian Gourde
National FlowerThe hibiscus
National AnimalHispaniolan Trogon
National BirdHispaniolan Trogon
National DishSoupe Joumou
National SportsFootball
Dominant ReligionRoman Catholic
Population11.5 million (2023)
Per Capita Income1,747 USD (2022)

Short History:

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!