Since my first visit to in 1997 it has become my favorite place.
An old fascination with the first people to defeat the white slaver empire came to fruition then. I had been interested in Haiti for about 20 years, since first reading a history of the Haitian revolution. The first nation, a new people, to truly win its own freedom; a hero nation.
In 1998 I returned for 6 weeks, at Kanaval, in St Marc with the Guillame family, and in Cap Haitien.
On my last day in St Marc,Charite became host to Ogoun, who told me to return to the Kreyol Belle. I shall.
Until she spoke no Christian nation had abolished Negro slavery.
Until she spoke no Christian nation had given to the world an organized effort to abolish slavery.
Until she spoke the slave ship, followed by hungry sharks, greedy to devour the dead and dying slaves flung overboard to feed them, ploughed in peace the South Atlantic, painting the sea with the Negro's blood.
Until she spoke, the slave trade was sanctioned by all the Christian nations of the world, and our land of liberty and light included. Men made fortunes by this infernal traffic, and were esteemed as good Christians, and the standing types and representations of the Savior of the World.
Until Hayti spoke, the church was silent, and the pulpit was dumb. Slave-traders lived and slave-traders died. Funeral sermons were preached over them, and of them it was said that they died in the triumphs of the Christian faith and went to heaven among the just.
The essential links to all things Haitian start with these sites:
There has been a lot of political posturing the past few years, since the departure of Prezidan Aristide on Feb 29, 2004. Perhaps you may be interested in my Letter to Maxine Waters which I wrote over a few months just before that event.
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