Haiti, known as the "jewel of the islands", was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world, and the second republic in the Americas when it gained independence in 1804 as part of a successful slave revolution lasting nearly a decade. Our Heroes Toussaint Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessaline.
haiti history 1940s museum quai branly A Haitian extended family gathers for a group photo. Visiting anthropologists like Mercer Cook and Haiti’s very own Jean Price Mars noted that in the countryside, Haitian families kept the living traditions of their ancestors in Africa, including the “lakou” system, in which various families lived in one unit. Even today, when some of our parents say ‘fanmi’, they don’t just mean mom, dad, kids, they mean practically the whole family tree!