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Why is Haiti so Poor? January 15, 2010

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics.
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Haiti, once called The Jewel of the Antilles, was the richest colony in the entire world. Economists estimate that in the 1750s Haiti provided as much as 50% of the Gross National Product of France. The French imported sugar, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, cotton, the dye indigo and other exotic products. In France they were refined, packaged and sold all over Europe. Incredible fortunes were made from this tiny colony on the island of Hispaniola.

The ultimate causes of Haiti’s misery are human. They are rooted in greed and power. Both the international community and Haiti’s rulers have continuously assured the destruction of Haiti’s colonial wealth and the creation and continuance of her misery.

1. The international community’s role.

1. French colonial contribution.

2. The international boycott of the new nation of 1804.

3. The French debt of 1838.

4. The United States Occupation, 1915-1934.

5. Post World War II United States domination.

2. The role of Haiti’s rulers.

1. Slave-like labor systems in the early republic.

2. The elite’s protection of its wealth.

3. Haitian corruption.

4. Human rights violations as a tool of oppression.

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