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Although previously inhabited by the Taino/Arawak Indians, the island of Hispaniola was reportedly “discovered” by Christopher Columbus for Spain in 1492. The Spaniards held control over the island for nearly 200 years, until the Treaty of Ryswick divided Hispaniola into what are known today as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. For nearly 100 years after the division, Haiti was France’s wealthiest colony. Its unparalleled beauty, lush and forested landscape earned it the name “pearl of the Antilles.” Only a short 13 years thereafter, the only successful slave rebellion ensued-leading to the creation of the first independent Black nation in the world. The historic formation of the Republic of Haiti (Ayiti), which means “land of high mountains,” remains one of the most phenomenal feats in history.

Today, as a result of years of political turmoil, economic instability, depletion of natural resources and marked deforestation, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Inhabited by nearly 9 million people, eighty percent of whom are said to live below the poverty line combined with nearly fifty-four percent illiteracy, the problems are daunting. Moreover, only half of primary age children are in school and less than two percent of children finish secondary education. Furthermore as a result of severe malnutrition, a lack of clean water and a grossly ineffective healthcare system, the infant mortality rate is the highest in the western hemisphere. Diarrheal illnesses, HIV, hepatitis and vector borne illnesses such as malaria, have led to an overall death rate that is among the highest in the world.

POPULATION
9,035,536

LANGUAGE
Creole and French both official

RELIGION
Roman Catholic 80%Protestant 16%, None 1%, Other 3%

Note: Roughly half of the population reportedly practices Voodoo

LITERACY RATE
Age 15 who can read and write 52.9%

INFANT MORTALITY
59.69 deaths/1,000 live births

HIV/AIDS PREVALENCE RATE
2.2% (2007 est)

SOURCE: CIA World Factbook

 

 

 

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