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Haitians can't get past freedom legacy

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Harris,Barbra (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Jul 15-Jul 21, 2010
Jackson, MI
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, International relations, Blacks, Haiti, Social conditions, Freedoms
At [Henry Christophe]'s death, Haiti was taken over by General Boyer and civil war ceased. It was Boyer who obtained Haiti's official independence from France for 150 million francs. Unfortunately, Haiti's employment is less than 30 percent and its illiteracy rate is above 50 percent. Though its official language is French, Haiti's most widely spoken language is kreyol. Ninety percent of Haitians are Catholic although 99 percent worship their native religion of voodoo. Despite its tropical resort geography, living conditions in Haiti are comparative to those of many Third World nations. The Haitian economy is almost entirely dependent upon U.S. companies who horde the country's resources and only pay slave wages.