République d’Haïti
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Key Historical Events. The island of Hispaniola was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Haiti occupies the western third. The Spanish colony was ceded to France in 1697. After the extirpation of the Indians by the Spaniards (by 1533) large numbers of African slaves were imported whose descendants now populate the country. The slaves obtained their liberation following the French Revolution, but Napoleon restored French authority and imprisoned Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the slaves who had been appointed a French general and governor. Subsequently the French surrendered to a blockading British squadron.


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Further Reading

  1. Chambers, F. J., Haiti. [Bibliography] 2nd ed. Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1994Google Scholar
  2. Ferguson, J., Pupa Doc, Baby Doc: Haiti and the Duvaliers. Oxford, 1987Google Scholar
  3. Laguerre, M. S., The Complete Haitiana. [Bibliography] London and New York, 1982.—Voodoo and Politics in Haiti. London, 1989Google Scholar
  4. Lawless, R., Haiti: a Research Guide. New York, 1990Google Scholar
  5. Lundahl, M., The Haitian Economy: Man, Land and Markets. London, 1983Google Scholar
  6. Nicholls, D., From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race. Colour and National Independence in Haiti. 2nd ed. CUP, 1992.—Haiti in Caribbean Context: Etlmicity, Economy and Revolt. London, 1985Google Scholar
  7. Thomson, I., Bonjour Blanc: a Journey through Haiti. London, 1992Google Scholar
  8. Weinstein, B. and Segal, A., Haiti: the Failure of Politics. New York, 1992Google Scholar
  9. Wilentz, A., The Rainy Season: Haiti since Duvalier. New York, 1989Google Scholar

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