Oldest self-governed Negro republic is completely dependent on US handouts even without earthquakes.
In the 1700’s what is now Haiti was called the “Jewel of the Caribbean,” and supplied about 40% of the world’s sugar.In 1791 the government of France passed legislation to phase outslavery in its Caribbean colonies and grant the former Negro slavescitizenship. Rather than becoming citizens, Haiti’s Negro populationmass murdered all whites and Mulattoes who could not flee the Island intime.
In 1804 only full blooded Negros remained and Haiti became the firstNegro ruled nation. The Haitian revolution dominated America’s debateover slavery. While both the north and the south agreed that slaveryshould be ended, southerners and a large percentage of northernersuniversally opposed having a large population of freed slaves living intheir midst. The Haitian “Revolution” was fresh in every one’s mind.
Flash forward to 1915. The “Jewel of the Caribbean” is now adesolate cesspool, that is exporting almost no sugar. The United Statesdecides to “take up the white man’s burden” and send the US MarineCorps to rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure and feed it’s starvingpopulation.
The United States gave huge amounts of money to Haiti and over-sawthe building of 1,000 miles of road, telephone lines, modernized itsport, and helped Haiti to start exporting sugar once again. The US alsoput an end to the thousands of bandits along Haiti’s border with theDominican Republic. The US left in 1934 at the request of the thenstabilized and very ungrateful Haitian government.
Haiti immediately sank straight back into total desolation strife.In 1973 the United State once again began playing a huge role in Haiti,giving the Island huge sums of money in handouts each year.
In 1994 the Clinton administration once again sent the US military to Haiti to rebuild the Island’s infrastructure.
In 1995 the Peace Corps went to Haiti in large numbers to train theHaitians in job skills. The US government spent almost one Billionproviding food and job training to the Haitians between 95 and 99.
So when Obama says that Haiti has our “full, unwavering, support,” they have already had our full support since 1915.