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    La population.....

    by marcoparco Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    One little guy I won't forget...

    Favorite thing: The people....they were so appreciative and receptive towards us. I really enjoyed communicating with the Hatians. Since I am able to speak French I guess you could say I had an advantage over some other team members. All I know is that I was happy I did. I really enjoyed sitting and conversing with people from another culture. I learn't so much. Don't be shy to do this, most will be receptive! If not, just keep trying, it will be well worth it!

    Fondest memory: The thing I miss the most is lending the people a helping hand. Most seemed so appreciative. I can't wait to go back next year.

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    Jean-Bertrand Aristide

    by globetrott Updated Mar 20, 2004

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    on the market

    Favorite thing: Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in 1991. ( the very first FREE elections in Haiti since 1804)
    It could have been a big chance for freedom, as Aristide was a priest of the poor population.
    Shortly after his election, there was a coup d'etat by the army, but with the help of the USA Aristide returned in 1994.

    Within short time he became even worse then Baby Doc...
    ...with parts of his family being drug-dealers
    ...with his own secret police

    ....and from a priest for the poor he became the richest man on the island within a few years...

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    a scene on the market somewhere in Haiti

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    Haiti - discovered by Columbus in 1492

    by globetrott Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    Haiti seen by a

    Favorite thing: The island was discovered by Columbus and he called it Hispanola.
    It became the first Spanish settlement in the Carribean, with the capital Santo Domingo.
    The local inhabitants were about 1 000 000 at that time but almost all of them died of infections untill 1533.
    Therefor Slaves from Africa had to be taken to Hispanola.

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    One of my paintings, showing the peaceful life in the country....

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    1915 - 1st intervention by USA

    by globetrott Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Riots, fights and anarchy continued untill the USA made their first Intervention in Haiti.
    In 1915 they took over the authorities, finance, customs and police and rebuilt the ruined structures of the country.
    In 1934 they withdrew their troops

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    another oil-painting from Haiti in my collection

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    Haiti's emperor Jakob I

    by globetrott Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: J.J.Dessalines, another slave was the leader of the riot and declared himself emperor Jakob I of the independant state of Haiti in January 1st, 1804.
    He was killed in 1806.
    There were many problems and fights between the black population and the mulattos that finally led to the division into a state of the Mulattos in the South and of the black population in the north of the island.
    H.Christophe became king Henry I - some of his 15 castles and citadelles are still to be seen and are some of the main attractions for the tourists today in Haiti !

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    one of my smallest oil-paintings from Haiti

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    1st independance in 1797

    by globetrott Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    transportation a la Haitien

    Favorite thing: In 1797 a former slave, Toussaint l'Ouverture, became commander-in-chief of the french Colony of Haiti...

    ...BUT shortls afterwards he declared Haiti independant from France.
    So Napoleon sent his troops in 1801 in order to get back Haiti.
    Toussaint l'Ouverture was taken into prison and some of the new white commanders tried to re-install slavery.
    This situation led into the next riot and the french army had to finally leave the island in nov.19th, 1803.

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    another oil-painting with a typical scene.
    I have it as a postcard and as a painting

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    The revolution of 1791

    by globetrott Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    sailing in Haiti

    Favorite thing: After the french revolution the black population of Haiti started their own revolution in 1791, killing and expelling the white settlers and farmers.
    The french army was sent to Haiti to fight against the revolution, but they finally had to join the rebellions to fight against british and spanish troops.
    In 1795 Great Britain had to give back the east of Hispanola to the French and the black slaves were granted their freedom and equal human rights to the white population.

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    A large painting, made according to a postcard that was for sale as well in the shops.

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    Hispanola - devided in 1697

    by globetrott Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    a landscape in Haiti

    Favorite thing: Step by step the West of the island was controlled by the Flibustier ( some sort of pirates with a licence to rob and kill by their homecountry )
    In 1697 the island of Hispanola was devided into Haiti in the west and the Dominican republic in the east.

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    A landscape in Haiti - maybe shortly before a thunderstorm

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    Baby Doc Duvalier

    by globetrott Written Mar 15, 2004

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    a mainstreet in Port-au-Prince

    Favorite thing: Papa Doc Duvalier died in 1971, and his son "Baby Doc Duvalier" became "president for lifetime"
    Baby Doc was forced by the USA to leave the country in 1991.

    Between 1978 and 1985 I had several times the opportunity to whitness his dictatorship...

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    One of the mainstreets in downtown Port-au-Prince.
    These flags might be decoration for christmas, but I am not sure !

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    Papa Doc

    by globetrott Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    a mahagony mask rom Haiti

    Favorite thing: In 1957 F.Duvalier - a medical Doctor was elected president of Haiti.
    Soon he got the name " Papa Doc " and ruled Haiti as a dictator, finally declaring himself a "president for lifetime" in 1964.

    Fondest memory: On my picture :
    A wooden mask I bought in Haiti. When you click on the picture, you may see that the upper part shows a fish and other mystic figures.

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    The weather

    by marcoparco Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Another nice day

    Favorite thing: Don't forget you are still in the Carribean!!! For me working in scrubs proved to be a challenge but I was loving every moment of it!
    While I was there the tempature did not get under 30 degrees celcius. The hottest day proved to be 36. It was truly amazing. Don't forget you shorts!

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    The scenery

    by marcoparco Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    Mountains....

    Favorite thing: If you look past the trash and the poverty you will find a beautiful country in many other ways. One amazing thing is the landscape and scenery. Amazing mountains mostly. It's to bad that the trees are so few and far between.....

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