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A Short History of Haiti

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Haiti is very rich in history, and was the first Black country to win its independence. It's the second largest island in the Greater Antilles and shares the Caribbean archipelago with the Dominican Republic. In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the island and the Spanish occupation of Haiti went from 1492 to 1625. In 1697, Spain ceded the western third of Hispaniola to France. Toussaint Louverture was the best-known leader of the Haitian Revolution and Jean-Jacques Dessalines was the first ruler of an independent Haiti under the 1805 constitution. Both are the most revered Haitian heroes. But despite their rich history, Haitians have faced political instability: the Duvalier Era (1957-1986), then Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They also faced natural disasters: Hurricane Gordon (1994), Tropical Storm Jeanne (2004) and a devastating magnitude-7.0 earthquake on 12 January 2010 followed by a cholera outbreak. But Haitians are resourceful and resilient, learn more about their cultural heritage and how their initiatives are transforming the country!



Latest News about Haiti on the MagkaSama Project

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News Digest Haiti: Fritz William Michel, Naomi Osaka, Jacques Dessalines, Dieudonne Luma Etienne,…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Haiti is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque Lundi,...

News Digest Haiti: #PetroCaribeChallenge, Corruption, Bahamas, Festival de Jazz, Choléra,…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Haiti is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque Lundi,...

News Digest Haiti: Fuel black market, Aid for the Bahamas, Makenzy Orcel, Parliament vote, Music…

Published every Monday, and updated daily through the week, our News Digest Haiti is a selected compilation of recent stories on various topics to keep an eye on, from grassroots groups, major NGOs and international media sources around the world. Available in English and/or French. If you want to send a story idea or news tip, please use the form on this page. Chaque Lundi,...

14ème édition de ‘Ti coup d’oeil sou Haïti’ à la Médiatèque de Suresnes

Cette année, la ville de Suresnes (à côté de Paris) fête ses 20 ans de coopération avec la ville du Cap-Haïtien, et pour cet anniversaire se déroulera du 20 au 25 novembre 2018 la 14ème édition de ‘Ti coup d’œil sou Haïti‘. La gastronomie haïtienne sera mise à l’honneur et des expositions, des ateliers de sensibilisation pour le jeune public et...

Gede Fest celebrates Creole culture between Haiti and New Orleans

The first edition of the multidisciplinary Gede Fest (from October 25 to November 3, 2018) started yesterday in Haiti and takes place in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. The festival mixes history, music, gastronomy and the arts, and explores all facets of Creole culture. We can read on HaitiLibre the Festival’s vocation is to strengthen ties between Haiti and New Orleans,...



More News related to Haiti

Selected Internet resources (French and English) about Haiti news:



In Focus

Remarkable people from Haiti! En français

Frankétienne

Né en 1936 à Ravine Sèche, Frankétienne est à la fois poète, peintre, musicien, chanteur et auteur. Dans les années 60 il lance le mouvement spiraliste et écrit de nombreux poèmes : 'Au Fil du temps', 'Fleurs d'insomnie' et 'Le Sphinx en feu d'énigmes'. Mais aussi des pièces de théâtre : 'Pèlin-Tèt' (1978), 'Bobomasouri' (1984) ou 'Foukifoura' (2000). Frankétienne a réalisé une acrylique sur toile intitulée 'Désastre' qui représente les victimes du séisme de 2010 à Haïti. Il a aussi fondé une école à Port-au-Prince et a écrit l'album 'Chaophonies' avec Mark Mulholland.

Dany Laferrière

Intellectuel, écrivain et scénariste né en 1953 à Port-au-Prince, Dany Laferrière connait le succès en 1985 avec la publication de son premier roman 'Comment faire l’amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer' qui sera adapté au cinéma. En 2011, dans son ouvrage 'Tout bouge autour de moi' il revient sur ce qu'il a vécu lors du tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010. Dany Laferrière a reçu de nombreux prix : Prix Edgar-Lespérance, Prix Médicis, Prix des libraires du Québec... Il a aussi été élu à l’Académie française en 2013, devenant le premier auteur d'Haïti à y siéger.

Edwidge Danticat

Ecrivaine américaine d'origine haïtienne née en 1969 à Port-au-Prince, Edwidge Danticat quitte Haïti à l'âge de 12 ans pour vivre aux Etats-Unis, à New-York. Son premier roman 'Breath, Eyes, Memory' est publié en 1994, d'autres suivront : 'The Farming of Bones' (1998), 'After the Dance : A Walk through Carnival in Jacmel' (2002) ou encore 'Brother, I'm Dying' (2007). Edwidge Danticat est aussi connue pour ses nouvelles publiées dans The New Yorker et The Washington Post. Elle a reçu de nombreux prix : National Book Award, American Book Award, Super Flaiano Prize...

Yanick Lahens

Ecrivaine née en 1953 à Port-au-Prince, Yanick Lahens étudie à l’université Paris-Sorbonne puis enseigne en Haïti. Son 1er essai 'L’Exil : entre l’ancrage et la fuite, l’écrivain haïtien' sort en 1980 puis 'Tante Résia et les Dieux' (nouvelle, 1994) et 'Dans la maison du père' (roman, 2000). 'La Couleur de l'aube' remporte 3 prix et 'Bain de lune' le Prix Femina 2014. Yanick Lahens s'investit dans la promotion de la lecture et reçoit en 2010 le prix d’Excellence de la Haitian Studies Association pour l’ensemble de son œuvre et son engagement en Haïti. En 2009 elle est nommée par la France officier des Arts et des Lettres.



Learn more about Haiti

Video to watch and share!

Haïti célèbre son Carnaval National 2018

Haiti Tourism: The Lost Paradaise


Association Haïti Futur

Interview de Josette Bruffaerts-Thomas

Haitian Metal Art & Sculpture, It's Cactus




Messages for Haiti

You can share your experience or show your support by sending a Message. View more on this page.




Book recommendations

List of books from our previous reading groups, suggested by our Members and/or submitted by readers of the MagkaSama Project. We welcome your suggestions (here) for books to be added to this list!

The Farming of Bones By Edwidge Danticat
The Uses of Haiti By Paul Farmer
The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster By Jonathan M. Katz
Haiti: The Aftershocks of History By Laurent Dubois
Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History By Michael Deibert
Haiti: The sleeping Economic Power By Ernst Etienne
Restavec : Enfant-esclave à Haïti : Une autobiographie By Jean-Robert Cadet
Histoire d'Haïti By Catherine-Eve Roupert

Haiti on Twitter

We created a Twitter List: En Route to Haiti. We added many Twitter accounts from the Haitian civil society groups, organizations working in Haiti, as well as other organizations abroad, and campaigns to support. We invite you to follow them to learn more about Haiti!

Loop Haiti

Un rare tableau de Botticelli vendu 45 millions de dollars aux enchères à New York haiti.loopnews.com/content/un…

IJDH

#Haitian #womensrights orgs call attention in their #UPR submissions to #GBV. “The issue of sexual and sexist violence against women and girls remains a major problem…[while] judicial responses remain very tentative.” Read more here: undocs.org/en/A/HRC/WG.6/…

IJDH

In advance of #Haiti’s #UPR, a reminder that Haiti’s #women and #girls still face #GBV without adequate protections or support. Read our UPR submission w/ @BAIhaiti & @KOFAVIV as part of our effort to #EndViolenceAgainstWomen in Haiti: ijdh.org/wp-content/upl…

Loop Haiti

#JeudiMusique | La guitariste Choute Serginah Honoré lance sa carrière solo | #JeudiCulture haiti.loopnews.com/content/la…

Kiskeya

New show "Jounal 4è, 26-01-22(Présentatrice. Liliane Pierre-Paul)" up now at mixcloud.com/radiokiskeya/j… Check it out now!

Kiskeya

Just uploaded "Dim-Ma-Di'w, 26-01-22(Invités. ex-gouverneur BRH Bonivert Claude, Economi…" to @mixcloud mixcloud.com/radiokiskeya/d… Tune in now!

La France en Haïti 🇫🇷🇪🇺

Anbasadè Lafrans la, Mesye Fabrice Mauriès nan konpayi Madam Françoise Balais, te asiste jedi 27 janvye sa, nan yon pèfòmans pwojè Liminasyon - Vodou ak Dwa Moun nan @IFHpap. Se te yon omaj pou tout defansè ♀️♂️ dwa moun atravè prism kilti ayisyen an. pic.twitter.com/bRlkAaJ4yS

La France en Haïti 🇫🇷🇪🇺

L’Ambassadeur de 🇫🇷, M. Fabrice Mauriès, a assisté ce jeudi 27 janvier, en compagnie de Françoise Balais, à une représentation du projet Liminasyon - #Vodou et #DroitsHumains à l’@IFHpap. Un hommage à tous les défenseurs ♀️♂️ des droits de l’Homme par le prisme de la culture 🇭🇹. pic.twitter.com/cQASUNMGnE

Jonathan M. Katz

Wordle 222 3/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬛⬛🟨🟨🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 pic.twitter.com/SakDRXVxnJ

Tisaksuk | Promoting HAITI

One thing for sure, new year yes, but same goal on my end: Promote Haiti and Haitian made every where I go! #tisaksuk #madeinHaiti #Haiti pic.twitter.com/mE6mwjDIfm

Tisaksuk | Promoting HAITI

Im gonna dare dream, live, do business, grow my business, promote my brands, push the limit of the envelope, IN HAITI. This is my year, so I’m gonna DARE dream of the possibilities. #Tisaksuk

Loop Haiti

L'Iran s'est qualifié pour la sixième phase finale de Coupe du monde de son histoire, la troisième consécutive, après sa victoire sur l'Irak (1-0) haiti.loopnews.com/content/fo…

Haitian Times

Child singer Neges Da dies of mysterious illness causing uproar over Vodou, Haiti —- 📍Read More and Subscribe: haitiantimes.com/2022/01/26/c… #Haitian #HaitiNews #Haiti #Ayiti #Lakay #HaitianTimes

Tisaksuk | Promoting HAITI

So excited about this year, malgré tout! This year, we turning many corners! I struggle with saying these words sometimes, especially living and doing business in a country as unpredictable as Haiti but I decided that my word this year was gonna be “DARE”!

Loop Haiti

#JeudiCulture | Le nouveau projet de la danseuse Séphora Drouillard se nomme "Tandans" haiti.loopnews.com/content/ta…

Paul Clammer 😷

Tiny silver lining: even if rights issues for a lost painting mean I probably can't reproduce this image in my book, at least I get to cite @TabitaSurge & @wwJJDdo's brilliant work tracking down the likely painter, via the Kingdom of Haiti's unlikely German connections. 🇭🇹🤝🇩🇪

La France en Haïti 🇫🇷🇪🇺

Anbasad Lafrans an Ayiti a kontan kolaborasyon li ak @WFP_Haiti a ak objekitif ranfòse kapasite lekòl yo pou bay manje cho ak bon kalite. 34 lekòl nan Depatman Sid ak plis pase 7,000 elèv yo ap benefisye nan pwojè kantin lekòl la. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/g80WDbTnSr

La France en Haïti 🇫🇷🇪🇺

L’Ambassade de 🇫🇷 en 🇭🇹 se réjouit de sa collaboration avec @WFP_Haiti afin de renforcer la capacité des écoles à fournir des repas chauds et de qualité. 34 écoles du Département du Sud et plus de 7.000 élèves bénéficient actuellement du projet des cantines scolaires. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/EsGsZk5Hmz

Paul Clammer 😷

Writing about this splendid portrait of Henry I King of Haiti & incensed again that it was rediscovered in 2014 only for FedEX to fucking lose it last yr & deny any fault. You think they'd be so careless with a previously unknown portrait of one of the USA's founding fathers? 😡 pic.twitter.com/ATgIbwUXGV


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