The Culture Of The Caribbean

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The Caribbean is a widely known tourist attraction, and in the center of the Caribbean is a small island named Haiti. Home to about ten million people, this island country serves as a exports a variety of goods from cocoa to clothing around the world but mainly to the United States. But behind their massive amounts of exports there is plenty of history behind how the country was formed and important events that led to its independence and creation of the Government. Haiti was unexpectedly found by Christopher Columbus. While trying to sail and find a faster route from Europe to India, he ran into the Caribbean Islands instead. Haiti’s first name was Hispaniola, named by the native Taino that lived there before French and Spanish settlers that landed there. During the 18th century Haiti was one of the wealthiest islands in the Caribbean due to its exportation of sugar. During that time there was also a large population of slaves that lived there. Nearly a half a million slaves lived in Haiti during that time. Due to the amount of slaves and the way they were treated by the European slave owners, a rebel group led by Toussaint l 'Ouverture ended slavery in Haiti and gained independence in 1804. The Western Imperialism in Haiti turned out to be a mishap and ended up dismantling and dividing the country.
Due to the small size of the country, Christopher Columbus was able set up a settlement on the north coast of Hispaniola easily, although it was later destroyed by the natives.
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