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Building Bridges Haiti Today/Yesterday
Haiti Today/Yesterday is a special sub-site of Dream Factory. Its aim is to create an
awareness to a tiny nation that has made a powerful contribution to the human struggle for
freedom and dignity the world over.
Today Haiti wears the undistinguished label of being the "poorest country" in the Western
Antilles." That was because its wealth exceeded that of the entire 13 American colonies
combined, and singularly contributed over 40% to France's coffers annually.
How can the richest land in the world 200 years ago become the poorest country in the
modern world today? Follow us as we take a brief journey in Haiti's past...
(200 years ago)
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Doctors Without Borders
"The houses of air
of solidity and
Fountains played in
the squares. There
in describing the city of
Le Cap, 1801
From Citizen Toussaint
by Ralph Korngold
Aerial map of the thriving sea port city of Le Cap
Port of Le Cap
President's Mansion, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Cathedral, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
"The colony regained
splendor, as if by
prospered. Every day
there was progress. In
Le Cap and
throughout the North
buildings sprang up
like toadstools after
General de Lacroix
"Since I had the honor of
addressing you last the most
perfect tranquility has been
cultivators of the South have been
recalled to their respective
plantations, the various civil
administration re-organized and
the most effective measures
adopted for the future peace and
good order of the department.
Agriculture and commerce are
beginning to revive."
Letter from Edward Stevens to Timothy
Pickering, US Envoy to Saint Domingue
Sugar cane field, Haiti
Saint Domingue (Haiti) landscape
"After the occupation of the eastern part of the island,
the prosperity of the colony grew by leaps and bounds.
disappeared. Political executions ceased. Mulattoes
could go wherever they liked and receive equal
consideration with Negroes and whites. Bickering
among the castes came to an end. Vagabondage was
suppressed. The children of the poor were reared at the
expense of the State, were taught a trade, reading,
writing and the principles of religion."
Madiou, Historian, 1800