Haiti Before the U.S. Intervention

  • Philippe R. Girard


For all its corrupt cruelty, the military junta that ruled Haiti from 1991 to 1994 was merely the latest in a long list of despotic regimes. After Haiti earned its independence in a glorious, if particularly bloody, war, it went from being the richest to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, while its ruling elite produced a long dynasty of dictators, each of them seemingly trying to outdo his predecessors’ greed and cynicism. With only brief respites of hope, Haiti’s tragic history, described in works with titles such as Written in Blood and Best Nightmare on Earth, is the story of a downward spiral from hell to worse, from harsh colonial rule to further violence, poverty, and tyranny.1


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