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History of Haiti

Beginning of Slave Trade in Haiti

December 27, 2014



By 1517, the Spaniards realized that the remaining Natives were not enough to continue the hard labor they've subjugated them to; in just 15 years, their rapacity succeeded in the complete genocide of the peaceful Taino/Arawak population. Labor shortage and greed forced the Spaniards to begin the importation of men and women from  the African Continent. Haiti became the first country in the new world to welcome black men, women and children from Africa; as slaves.         

The slave trade became the first institution of modern times in which labor power was bought and sold on a large scale. But the Spaniards soon started to abandon the importation of slaves from Africa to the island, as they have now discovered new land in Peru.




 

The Vega Real Battle

December 27, 2014


In 1495, after 3 years of continuous brutalization, enslavement and deaths of the Taino/Arawaks by the Spaniards;  Caonabo join forces with his wife Anacaona and the Cacique of Magua who was also his brother; Guarionex, in order to chase the Spaniards off the Island.Together they rallied over 3.000 men armed with their bows and arrows, spears and other primitive defensematerials; organized a battle to fight off the Spaniards.



          



The Spanish army, although over matched by the Natives' in...

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Genocide of Haiti's Natives by Christopher Columbus

December 27, 2014



The 13.000 more men Christopher Columbus brought with him from Spain to Hispaniola in 1494, quickly realized that months will go by without Spanish ships with goods and provisions from Europe. With nothing to eat, and not use to cultivating, often they would pillage the Tainos' villages in search of food.

Frequently, hundreds of Spaniards would descend on a village, for a few weeks, demanding hospitality from the Tainos. Not only did they forced the natives to give them foods, they seem to eat...

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Ayabombe! Ayabombe! The Haitian Natives revolted.

December 27, 2014
When leaving the Island for Spain, Christopher Columbus left a few of his men behind at La Navidad; about 36 to keep an eye on things, only to find them all slaughtered upon his return with 13.000 more men the following year; and La Navidad, burned to the ground.
The Taino were famously peaceful; so what could have possibly caused them to kill the Spaniards? Well, after the departure of Christopher Columbus, the Tainos quickly realized that these men were not "gods". Christopher Columbus found...

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Haiti's Early Gold Exploitation by Christopher Columbus

December 27, 2014



The Natives didn't know that this shiny materials they use to make eating utensils and ornaments was so precious to the Spaniards; to make them happy them bring them even more gold stuff, The Spaniards were happy to see that the natives didn't seem to have a problem sharing. Christopher Columbus soon realized that it was easy to find gold, virtually anywhere in Spañola. He went back to Spain in order to bring proof and ask the King and Queen of Spain, to finance a much bigger trip to Spañol...

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Haiti's Earliests Recorded History

December 27, 2014



The recorded history of Haiti began on December 5th 1492, when the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus discovered an island on what is called today the Caribbean Sea. The discovery of the Island was accidental; Santa Maria, the flagship, had sank on Môle Saint Nicholas, a town located on present day Haiti's northern coast. He claimed it for the Spanish Crown and named it "La Isla Spañola".  It was populated by a group of people who called themselves Taino and/or Arawak, both meaning 
"The...

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