History of Caribbean island. Problems between landowners and Indians. 1791 successful slave rebellion; development of black nationalism.
“The islands of the Caribbean have had been part of the history of the New World since the time of their discovery by Columbus. The island of Haiti served as the central base for the exploration and conquest of much of the Western Hemisphere and was also key in the development of slavery in the western hemisphere. The island was first sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1492, and the island played a role in Spanish history for as long as Spain has had important political and commercial interests in this Hemisphere. Haiti would become the dominant force by the nineteenth century, and the Dominican Republic would not emerge from under Haiti’s shadow until 1844. The history of this region has been such that the development of democratic institutions has been difficult…”