Some things you should know about Haiti:
(Track developed and distributed by KOMOKODA in New-York, November-December 2014)
-Haiti is the only case in recorded history where a formerly enslaved people rose up against their oppressors and militarily defeated them to then form an independent nation in 1804.
-While Haiti is the second independent country in the Americas after the United States which became independent in 1776, it is the first free country in the Americas as the US was a slave owning nation. Haiti is the first independent country in Latin America.
-Haiti is NOT the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has been the victim of an international conspiracy of the white slave owning nations of the world to malign and impoverish it ever since it fought a successful war which abolished slavery in 1804 and declared Haiti a haven for all enslaved peoples. Since these countries still “rule” the world today, their propaganda against Haiti marches on.
-The father of our independence is Jean Jacques Dessalines, not Toussaint Louverture as is commonly taught in most mainstream histories of Haiti.
-Our military victory against the armies of Spain, England, and France is a source of pride for all Haitians and lovers of justice everywhere. The successful freedom struggle in Haiti has been an inspiration for enslaved Africans all over the Americas, freedom fighters and independence movements all over the world.
-Haiti helped many countries around the world win their independence. These included the countries liberated by Simon Bolivar (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, parts of present day Peru, Guyana, and Brazil); Cuba; Belgium; and Greece.
-Haiti was the first country to name a major thoroughfare of our capital, Port-au-Prince, in honor of the fallen revolutionary John Brown who had taken up arms against slavery in the United States in the 1850’s.
-The Citadelle Laferriere, built in 1820 by Haitians less than 20 years after they broke the chains of slavery, remains up to today the largest military fort in the Americas.
-Despite continued assault by hostile powers claiming to be our friends and greedy multinationals, local organic agriculture remains the backbone of the Haitian economy and the source of what remains of our freedom and independence.