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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!

Hertz Nazaire

Is Alkaline Water Really Better For You? youtu.be/1CBE-5Ot4jU via @YouTube nothing annoys me more than the Alkaline Water talk in the Sickle Cell community we hate Big Pharma and want Natural Healing and end up buying expensive water that does nothing but make our pee bling

Jacqueline Charles

A song asks Cubans to drop Castro’s chant ‘Homeland or Death.’ The government is on edge.  miamiherald.com/news/nation-w…

Loop Haiti

Pour celui qui a déjà porté les couleurs de Barcelone, Basketball Racing Club (Luxembourg), Austin Spurs et New York Knicks, jouer pour #Haïti est « l'une de mes plus belles expériences » | par @JauryJE13 loophaiti.com/content/cest-c…

Jonathan Myerson Katz

Though if I had it to do over again, I definitely wouldn’t start the conversation at 2:30 am lol.

Jonathan Myerson Katz

“At least by me” is doing some amazing work here twitter.com/mtracey/status…

Jonathan Myerson Katz

One of the mods booted me back into the audience, then lied and said that I had voluntarily left the room. Yang noticed my hand was still up and called me back in. It turned into a weird fight over whether the summer BLM protests was actually an organic movement led by Black ppl.

Jonathan Myerson Katz

For those curious, I jumped in to inform the audience that despite the mods’ pseudo intellectual yammering about “journalistic accountability,” one of the main voices belonged to a consistently wrong cryptofascist blogger with a large white supremacist following.

Paul Clammer 😷

Ventilation outlet + electric meter cupboard = street art robot. St Paul's, #Bristol pic.twitter.com/A2N5sKjmwf

Jonathan Myerson Katz

*a good natured/edifying conversation of white supremacist apologia **the composition of a room of self-satisfied tech bros and Quillette types (and @conor64) ***”disarmed” (after an hour or so) in that you held the boot button as a mod twitter.com/mtracey/status…

Brian Concannon

Update- excited to learn that @jafrikayiti @KiraPaulemon and #ElaineBriere will also be on the panel!

Jacqueline Charles

Violent clashes between gang members took place on February 23 around a Doctors Without Borders/MSF burn care hospital in Drouillard, PAP, forced the staff to transfer 21 hospital patients to another MSF hospital, located in the Tabarre neighborhood, once calm returned. #Haiti

Hertz Nazaire

Holman Prize submission video by Haitian Painter Artist Hertz Nazaire youtu.be/7S9lJ8-TIUw view like and comment on youtube

Ayibopost

Marie Louise Gauthier se trouve en détention pour tentative de coup d’État ayibopost.com/qui-est-linspe…

Ayibopost

Le mandat constitutionnel de Jovenel Moïse est arrivé à terme début février, mais il se maintient au pouvoir par la force, avec le soutien de la communauté internationale. ayibopost.com/que-dit-la-loi…

Ayibopost

«Nan tèt anpil gason, yo dwe mete fi a nan eta pou l pa menm ka fè twalèt li apre, sosyològ Belizaire di. Kliche sa retire tout plezi ki te ka genyen nan zafè jwisans yon fanm. Anpil fi pran pòz yo jwi, fè alsiyis, mande padon san yo pa santi okenn plezi» ayibopost.com/medam-yo-anvi-…

Loop Haiti

Le point sur les dernières évolutions de la pandémie de Covid-19 dans le monde. loophaiti.com/content/corona…

Roxane Ledan

Cet idiot, bavant devant ses chefs, a inventé un verbe "récomprandre" qui voudrait dire : comprendre sans répondre. Ignare, "il a récomprandré". Wouchhhh !

Jacqueline Charles

.@pahowho says even countries with bilateral agreements are having a hard time getting enough vaccines. The more bilateral agreements are made, the less vaccines will there be available for COVAX, which many countries in the Americas are apart of.

Jacqueline Charles

Ghana became the first country today to receive #COVID19 vaccine from COVAX, @pahowho says. There is a short supply of vaccines. Countries in Latin America and Caribbean expected to receive vaccines starting next month.


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