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Toussaint L’Ouverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution which started in 1791 was a former slave who rose in importance as a military commander because of his courage, tenacity and desire to be free. Haiti is the only nation born of a slave revolt. Europe has never forgiven Haiti for taking its freedom through armed revolution.

After the revolution Toussaint L’Ouverture (Toussaint The Over Thrower) restored order, stability and prosperity to the country by initiating innovative measures, such as, inviting the return of French planters and renewing trading ties with England and the ameriKKKans who played both sides of the revolution by supplying the French troops as well as the Haitian revolutionaries. Toussaint created a separatist constitution in 1801 and probably would have became the first president of the new nation. However, after having accepted an invitation to a meeting with general Leclerc he was kidnapped and taken to France where he was imprisoned and died in 1803 due to pneumonia and malnutrition. Jean-Jacques Dessalines who was also a leader of the revolution was the first ruler of an independent Haiti taking office January 1804.

Europeans were frightened by the success of the Haitian revolution and feared it would spread to all areas affected by The Atlantic Slave trade induced African Diaspora. Many Europeans believed that the Haitian Revolution must not be allow to reach a successful conclusion because it could become the catalyst needed to start a full fledge hemispheric revolt that would end Europe’s quest for White World Supremacy through colonization of African and other indigenous people. Haitian troops, along with other military and financial support was given to Simon Bolivar in 1817 from the Haitian government on condition that Bolivar free any enslaved people he encountered in his fight for South American independence. Haitian assistance was critical in enabling Bolivar in liberating the people of Venezuela from European rule in 1821.

Reminiscent of the kidnapping of Toussaint L’ouverture in the early 19th century, the United States in collusion with Canada and France kidnapped Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the first democratically elected Haitian President, in 2004. They kicked him out of his own country and exiled him to the Central African Republic (Congo). Through a successful revolution in 1804 Haiti became the first Africa (black) republic in the western hemisphere. The act of becoming free from physical slavery caused Haiti to become despised by the European powers of that day. They became the most maligned and hated Nation in all of the Americas; solely, because they had the audacity to rise up and defeat their former slave masters. From that date forward, Haiti has been punished by France and her allies in Europe, Canada and The United States of ameriKKKa.

Thomas Jefferson initially expressed to the French ambassador in July 1801 that the United States opposed the island's independence under African (Black) rule and wanted to see French authority restored. In 1804 the Haitians had successfully staged an armed revolution against the French plantation owners. The United States, a faithful ally of France who had aided the ameriKKKan colonist in their revolution against England, refused to recognize the new Haitian republic for 60 years. In defeat the French demanded 150 million francs as reparations and the United States supported their exorbitant demands. This act of extortion essentially bankrupted Haiti starting a cycle of perpetual poverty. It was not until 1947 that Haiti finished paying off this crippling debt. This was a huge burden which without doubt contributed to Haiti becoming the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The first African nation in the Americas was severely punished for daring and succeeding in be free from slavery.

Hispaniola is believed to have been called Haití ("Mountainous Land") by the Native American inhabitants of the Island. The Spanish though ruthless genocidal tactics decimated the original inhabitants of the island then repopulated it with people from Africa whom they had enslaved. Haiti is the second largest Island in the Caribbean and is east of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Arawak Nation (Native Americans) it was discovered by Columbus in 1492 and was originally called Española (Hispaniola). The Island is divided between Haiti on the west side of the island and the Dominican Republic on the east side. In 1574, a census taken of the Greater Antilles, reported 1,000 Spaniards and 12,000 enslaved African on the Island of Hispaniola with no account of the Taino or Arawack because by this time most of them had been murdered, worked to death or had died due to contracting syphilis or some other disease from the European evaders.

The western part (Haiti) was ceded to France by Spain in 1694. In 1795 Spain ceded the eastern part of the island to France. It is the most populous Island to be found in the Americas. The eastern part was briefly reunited with Spain but eventually won independence as Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) in 1844.
As Spain conquered new regions on the mainland of the Americas, its interest in Hispaniola waned, and the colony's population grew slowly. By the early 17th century, the island and its smaller neighbors became regular stopping ports for European pirates. In 1606, Spain ordered all inhabitants of Hispaniola to move close to Santo Domingo, to avoid interaction with pirates. Rather than secure the island, this move resulted in French, English and Dutch pirates establishing bases on the now-abandoned north and west coasts of the island (the Haiti side).
In 1665, French colonization of the island by pirates was officially recognized by the King of France and became the present-day Haiti. Nicknamed the "Pearl of the Antilles," it became the richest and most prosperous colony in the West Indies and one of the wealthiest in the world, cementing its status as the most important port in the Americas for goods and products flowing to and from Europe.

With such a busy and prosperous port in the hands of the newly liberated Africans, nothing would stop their economic growth except that they became victims of a Punitive Embargo initiated by the European powers. Subsequently, Haiti has become one of the poorest countries in the Americas and the economy of the Dominican Republic has developed into the largest economy on the Island and the Caribbean.

Way before the creation of the United Nations & the IMF, the western powers through ameriKKKan manipulation would annually steal 40% from Haiti’s national treasury supposedly to repay Haitian debt owed to ameriKKKan and French banks. To preserve ameriKKKan economic supremacy over Haiti, on July 28th 1915 President Woodrow Wilson sent 300 United States Marine Corps troops to occupy and militarily controlled Haiti. This type of economic "gangsterism" had no regard for the interests or well being for the majority of the Haitian people. These moves have crippled the economic development and growth of the Haitian people up until this present day. For the next nineteen years, advisers of the United States essentially governed Haiti through the intimidating force of the United States Marine Corps.

To avoid international criticism from non allies, this occupation was labeled a humanitarian mission to restore peace and order, sounds very familiar doesn’t it? From 1915 to 1934 the United States Marine Corps occupied Haiti. The ameriKKKans ran Haiti like a slave colony after doing away with the influence of rival European powers. And for nearly thirty years, between 1957 and 1986, it installed and supported the Duvalier dictators (Papa Doc and Baby Doc) because they feared that Haitians might revolt and become truly a free independent nation. They couldn’t afford to have two Cuba’s in their own back yard.

Now, with this great disastrous earthquake that has befallen the Haitians, ameriKKKa, France, Canada and all of Europe wants to give the appearance of being stalwart supporters and helpers. The loans that these governments will make to the Haitian government will only continue to make Haiti remain in a perpetual state of poverty. The price they must pay for having the audacity to be free.

Abu Lateef


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