France demanded billions in reparations from the Haitians for their freedom. Haiti was a successful slave revolt and one of many countries in the New World that fought to earn its freedom. France, a little pissed, after having lost its colony and its slaves said “OK, you’re free but you’re going to have to pay reparations to the slave owners.” The new country wasn’t exactly in a position to keep fighting so they agreed and France used its continued might to hold Haiti to the deal. That was 200-odd years ago.
There are Polish Haitians who date back to 1802 when they fought along side Haitian slaves during the Haitian Revolution which helped establish the world’s first free black Republic. The Poles acquired Haitian citizenship for their support in overthrowing the French colonialists.
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return.
There is a population of Polish Haitians descended from Napoleonic soldiers who deserted to join the Haitians after learning they were fighting for their freedom against slavery.
The US, working with Hanes and Levi’s, pressured the Haitian government to block a minimum wage increase. Haitian workers are the lowest-paid in the western hemisphere.
The poor in Haiti have to resort to eating cookies made of dirt just to give themselves the feeling of being full.
Haiti—the only nation born of a slave revolt—could have been a prosperous country but was impoverished by a crippling, decades-long embargo imposed by Europe and the U.S. after former slaves overthrew the country’s European ruling elites.