Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Haiti, I Think of You: Hispaniola, Hayti, French, Haitian Creole, Slavery, Devastating Hurricanes and Death-Driven Earthquakes, Haitian Pride!

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 Haiti, I Think of You: Hispaniola, Hayti, French, Haitian Creole, Slavery, Devastating Hurricanes and Death-Driven Earthquakes, Haitian Pride!

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Haiti's Mottos: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." "Union makes strength."

Haiti, I Think of You

By Dr. Charles L. Singleton

Historically speaking, every time I think of Haiti's indigenous Taino (Caribbean) people of South America, the name Christopher Columbus (December 5, 1492) comes to mind. Upon arriving in this most populous country in the Caribbean, Columbus thought that he was in India or China.  Today's estimates of Haiti’s population are 11.4 million people, according to various encyclopedia sources.

Overtime, Spain (early 17th century) made Haiti an integral part of the Spanish Empire (La Española). In 1697, the French portion of West Haiti (Saint-Domingue), France 'profitably colonized' sugarcane plantations by using thousands of slaves who were captured in Africa.

Thus, creating one of the riches colonies in the whole-wide world.  However, during the French Revolution (1789-1799), the first Black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture
 led free Haitians and slaves successfully (1789-1804), while defeating Napoleon Bonaparte's army. Then in 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines (General-Emperor) solemnly proclaimed Haiti as a sovereign nation of South America and the Caribbean; the first country in the Americas to abolish slavery.

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Historical Note: All of Haiti's first political leaders were former slaves. The first President of Haiti was one of its founding fathers, Alexandre Petion, March 9, 1807 - March 29, 1818. After Haiti was momentarily divided, Jean- Pierre Boyer for a time helped to bring all of Hispaniola together under a Haitian government; following repeated wars that ended in the 1870s after Haiti recognized an independent Dominican Republic. Then for another 100 Plus years of independence, Haiti struggled politically, socially, and international exclusion: numerous economic problems, extreme poverty, and financial setbacks (1915-19-34).

Following a series of presidential absolute failures, autocratic Presidents, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier (1956) and his son Jean-Claude “Doc” Duvalier (1986) led Haitians under repeated periods of civilian 'state-sanctioned violence,’ economic corruption, and a plethora of instabilities. Moving forward, since1986, thirty-five years, Haiti has been willfully trying to democratize its political system of government. Today Haiti is a member of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States (OAS), and various other national and international organizations. However, recently the 21st century coup d'état overthrow/takeover governmental attitude still exist today in Haiti, which involved the viciously brutal assassination of Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021.

Meanwhile, Haiti's numerous environmental problems are continuing almost seasonally: devastating hurricanes and earthquakes 2010- 2021; most recently a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and high cases of COVID-19, August 14, 2021 (Wikipedia and Media Sources). Haiti’s destructive EarthquakeJanuary 12, 2010, killed over 250,000 people (about half the population of Wyoming), and made 1.5 million people homeless. So sadly, most of Haiti's infrastructure and abundant 'cultural heritage' were destroyed completely beyond existence (Microsoft Bing).
Yes, Haiti I think of You when I listen to these lyrics by Sam Cooke, Eddie Huffman and the Soul Stirrers, "I'm like a ship that's tossed and driven, battered by an angry sea, when the storms of life keep on raging, Father, remember me." And Bill Withers sings, “Lean on Me.”  See Below...

I am also reminded of Jamaican political activist, founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African League (UNIA-ACL), Marcus Garvey (1887-1940). Garvey once wrote to Haiti's President Louis Borno (1865-1942) on August 3, 1924, and said these words, "Long live free and independent Haiti, the pride of the black race of the western world." Because Jamaican Lubert Levy Sings Roll Jordan. See Video Above

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