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Kreyolicious Repost: How Haiti Helped Some Latino Countries Gain Independence & End Slavery

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Here is a very education video from one of my favorite Haitian websites Kreyolicious:

In a past edition of Haiti History 101, Kreyolicious discussed the arrival of Simon Bolivar, Latin American leader and revolutionary on the coast of Aux Cayes in the mid-1810s. Bolivar came to seek Haiti’s help in freeing modern-day Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela from Spain.

 

 

Painting: Alexandra Barbot
Photos: Sandro Saldarriaga/ADN Colombia/El Tempo—Petion Monument photos
Narrator: Brian

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Vintage Haiti: President Franklin D. Roosevelt & Haitian President Sténio Vincent

According to HaitianHistoryTumblr

On July 5, 1934 – American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (right) visits Haitian president Sténio Vincent (left) in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. (Original Image Credit)

As part of the new Good Neighbour Policy, Franklin D. Roosevelt toured various Latin American states, including Haiti in July 1934. Roosevelt was the first serving American President to do so. The meeting between the two men was also to serve the basis for an “elegant” departure of U.S. Marines from Haiti, and therefore to put a peaceful end to the 19-years Occupation the country. (* The picture above was most likely taken three days later, on July 8, 1934.)

If you love Haiti and Haitian history, haitianhistory is a great page to follow on Tumblr.

Marie Laveau: The Mysterious Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

marie-laveauI’ve never really done any real research on Voodoo, and although I tell myself I don’t believe in it, I know it exist. I hardly ever post stories about Voodoo but I really found the story of Marie Laveau very interesting. I visited New Orleans last year and images of voodoo were very hard to ignore with so much emphasis being place on it throughout the city.

According to KreolMagazine

Voodoo is one of many things New Orleans is famous for. Many tourists travel from all over to New Orleans to experience this mysticism, to buy voodoo dolls and potions, and to hear strange stories of possessions and curses. One of the most enduring stories related to the New Orleans voodoo culture is that of Marie Laveau, New Orleans very own voodoo queen.

Though she has been dead for more than a century, Marie’s legend lives on. Until today, there are some who claim she still holds power over the city.

Not much is known about Marie Laveau. There are many so stories here and there about this mysterious woman that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

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This is Jacmel, Haiti

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According to KreolMagazine,

Jacmel was founded in 1868 by French colonists and is now internationally acclaimed for its vibrant art scene. The town plays host to large numbers of tourist who visit Haiti for its effective tranquility, colourful painted buildings and rich cultural events. Jacmel is also known as the birthplace of many famous Haitian painters and poets and is the home to thriving cigar and coffee industries.

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Edmonia Lewis: The first professional Haitian-American and Native-American Sculptor

Source: Wikipedia

Edmonia Lewis earned critical praise for work that explored religious and classical themes.
Edmonia Lewis was born on July 4, 1844, in Greenbush, New York, which is now the city of Rensselaer.Her father was Haitian of African descent, while her mother was of Mississauga Ojibwe and African-American descent. Lewis’s mother was known as an excellent weaver and craftswoman.Her family background inspired Lewis in her later work. When Lewis was about nine years old, both of her parents died within a year of each other. Lewis and her older brother, Samuel, were taken in and lived with their mother’s sisters for the next three years. Lewis and her aunts sold Ojibwe baskets and other crafts to tourists visiting Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Buffalo.
According to Biography:
Her first notable commercial success was a bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Sales of copies of the bust allowed her to sail to Rome, Italy, where she mastered working in marble. She quickly achieved success as a sculptor. The circumstances of her death, which occurred circa 1911, are unclear.

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Haitian Descendant Of Joseph Laroche “Only Black & Haitian Man On Titanic” Speaks Out

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MARLIE ALBERTS and her 11-year-old daughter Malkiah are descendants of the only black man on the Titanic when the British luxury liner sank on April 14, 1912.

Two years ago, I remember reading and finding out that the only black family aboard the Titanic ship on April 10, 1912 was a Haitian Engineer name Joseph Lemercier Laroche and his family. I was so drawn to the family, I read everything I could find about it and missed this story. A year ago a story was published about a descendant of the Laroche family who said she is determined to keep the memory of her ancestors alive, giving them their rightful place in history and after reading this article, I hope she is able to get her family’s story on the big screen one day.

According to ClevalandBanner,

Marlie Alberts said she is a descendant of the Haitian-born, French-educated black man, Joseph Laroche, whose maiden voyage on the Titanic is well-documented but remains obscure to the general public. Laroche was traveling with his pregnant wife, Juliette Lafargue, and their two young daughters, Simonne and Louise. His wife and children survived the Titanic disaster, but Laroche did not. His body was never found.

Alberts said the true love story between her interracial ancestors on the doomed luxury liner would make for a thrilling and romantic fact-based drama that would restore her family’s rightful place in history and raise awareness about the plight in Haiti today — two missions she is committed to.

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Repost: “Today in Haitian History – July 1, 1915 – Americans arrive to Cap-Haïtien”

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Courtesy of: haitianhistory.tumblr.com

According to Haitian History

Today in Haitian History – July 1, 1915 – Americans arrive to Cap-Haïtien.

Led by Rear Admiral William Banks Caperton (image above) and with the declared aim of protecting American lives and property that were now endangered by the increasing violence in the Haitian government, American Marines seized control of Cap-Haïtien’s port.

Later the same month, following the (opportune) bloody assassination of Haitian president Guillaume Sam, US Marines embarked on a 19 years occupation of the country.

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