by Charles F. Gritzner




Tropical islands evoke images of sun, surf, and sand, palms swaying gently in the breeze, and happy, carefree people. Some of these stereotypical images hold true for Haiti, a country that shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Over time, however, this French-speaking land has suffered repeated natural and human-caused hardships. Raging hurricanes are frequent, leaving a wake of destruction. Earthquakes are a constant threat to life/ property, and infrastructure. In January 2010, a massive earthquake struck the country's heartland, and Port au Prince, the capital and largest city, was left in ruin. More than 200,000 people died, and several million were left homeless. Though Haiti became independent in 1804, its history is one of tyrannical government, grinding poverty, social turbulence, and massive human-caused environmental destruction. Haiti explains how this beleaguered land has fallen short of becoming an idyllic "tropical paradise."

Written by experienced geographers, each volume in the Modern Would Nations series offers a comprehensive overview of the people geography history, government, economy, and culture that make each if our world's countries unique

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604139402
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Series: Modern World Nations Series
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 8

2 Physical Geography 16

3 The 2010 Earthquake 33

4 Historical Geography 47

5 People and Culture 61

6 Politics and Economy 72

7 living in Haiti Today 85

8 Haiti looks Ahead 97

Facts at a Glance 103

History at a Glance 107

Bibliography 110

Further Reading 111

Index 114

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