Carrefour Celebrates Bicentennial (May 1, 1813 - May 1, 2013)
- Created on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 12:18 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Founded on May 1, 1813, the municipality of Carrefour, the hub that is the crossroads to four departments, today celebrates its bicentennial. Carrefour also was the epicenter of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
April 26, 1963: Duvalier's Massacre
- Created on Friday, April 26, 2013 1:18 PM
April 26, 1963 was a day of massacres in Haiti. The Duvalier regime organized mass killings after information circulated that an attempt to kidnap Francois Duvalier's son, Jean Claude was made. There were many victims of this massacre, former military but civilian as well. Homes were set on fire with the occupants still inside, children kidnapped and whole families arrested, tortured, killed, disappeared.
RenÃ© PrÃ©val, PetroCaribe and the U.S. opposition
- Created on Thursday, March 07, 2013 11:46 AM
Former President RenÃ© PrÃ©val doesn't get enough credit for making the bold determination to bring Parliament to ratify and bring Haiti into Venezuela's PetroCaribe agreement. PrÃ©val did this despite the efforts of the U.S. George W. Bush administration, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince and Big Oil, who aimed to stop Haiti from joining the program that was ultimately realized in March 8, 2008 and today accounts for more than half of current government of Haiti's annual national budget.
20,000 Haitians were Massacred 75 Years Ago
- Created on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 10:17 AM
Most were slaughtered with bayonets and machetes. Infants had their heads smashed against walls. Women were speared with pitchforks. Many who were attempting to escape back to Haiti were captured at the border and killed. From October 2nd to October 4th 1937, 20,000 Haitian immigrant workers were massacred in the Dominican Republic and both governments, Haitian and Dominican colluded to deny justice.
Haitians in the Fight for U.S. Independence
- Created on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 8:15 PM
SAVANNAH, USA (defend.ht) - When the French allied with the United States in 1778 to help defeat the British in the Revolutionary War, French Commander Comte d'Estaing was accompanied by 500 free men of color from Saint Domingue, present-day Haiti, who fought for U.S. independence.
Haiti - 1872: Extortion by the Germans
- Created on Monday, June 11, 2012 11:46 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - June 11th, 1872, the German Naval frigate, the Vineta led by Captain Basch, arrived in the harbor of Port-au-Prince, taking two Haitian hostages in demand for Â£3000 ($275,000.00 [U.S. today]) from the Haitian government.
BÃ©lizaire Says He Was Asked to Kill Prime Minister
- Created on Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:11 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In an article published May 13, 2005, Anel BÃ©lizaire, explains the circumstances of his escape from the National Penitentiary as a result from someone from the interim government of Gerard Latortue (2004-2006) asked him to murder his cellmate, the former Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune.
The Creation of the Tontons Macoutes, July 29, 1959
- Created on Friday, July 29, 2011 7:32 PM
In July of 1958, A group of former Haitian military officers headed by former Lieutenant of the Haitian Armed Forces, Alix 'Sonson' Pasquet gathered in Miami, Florida to conspire an uprising to overthrow Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier.
The Story of Choucoune Stolen Legacy: The Ordeal of Choucoune
- Created on Sunday, July 10, 2011 8:00 PM
For the past 500 years, Haiti has been part of the world's history. As a member of the society of nations, Haiti and Haitians have made numerous, worthy, but rarely heralded, contributions.
Need we mention the bravery of the future heroes of our Independence, who fought in Savannah under the banner of the French Army to help defeat the English Colonial forces and help free the United States of America?
8,000 Foreign Soldiers Arrive to Begin Transition
- Created on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:07 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In a ceremony Tuesday, Army General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira of the United Nations took control of 8,000, newly arrived, U.N. forces at the Haitian police academy.
An Extended History of the Haitian Flag
- Created on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 5:44 PM
French flag flew over the French colony of Santo Domingo for over a century until February 1803.
The Earthquake of 1842
- Created on Saturday, May 07, 2011 9:31 PM
On May 7, 1842, a major earthquake destroyed the city of Cap-HaÃ¯tien and other towns nearby.
The First Battle of GonaÃ¯ves
- Created on Friday, May 06, 2011 8:52 AM
Since the start of the French-Spanish war in 1793, the General of the Black Forces, Toussaint L'Ouverture had given his support to the Spaniards, given they had, beforehand, abolished slavery.
The History of Haitian Heritage Month
- Created on Sunday, May 01, 2011 6:38 AM
Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration of Haitian history, culture, and pride. The Heritage Month was first celebrated in Boston , Massachusetts in May 1998.
The Mutiny of the Haitian Coast Guard
- Created on Sunday, April 24, 2011 3:10 AM
On April 21, 1970 as a lieutenant assigned to the Presidential Guard, I was in the officer's dormitory when the telephone rang. I lifted the receiver and heard the duty officer at the Department's office saying: "By order of the Department commander, all dormitories must be evacuated immediately; we will soon be attacked by the Coast Guard! Pass this message to everyone!" Without hesitating I passed on the word to the other officers who thought, at first, that I was joking. I told them that the orders were serious and we quickly went down to the courtyard.
Restoration of the Art Center Begins
- Created on Friday, April 15, 2011 6:56 PM
The Rescue Center of Cultural Heritage (CSBC), launched its efforts Friday to preserve artifacts, documents, buildings and art work damaged by the earthquake of 2010. The projects will include a series of lectures among other preservation work.
Toussaint L'Ouverture Way, Unveiled in Barbados
- Created on Friday, April 08, 2011 4:31 PM
The University of the West Indies unveiled a walkway in honor of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture. Toussaint L'Ouverture Way also includes a mural painting that streams along the side.
National Day of the Diaspora is April 20th
- Created on Sunday, April 03, 2011 9:10 AM
By the presidential order of Rene Preval and signed by the Council of Ministers on March 16th, the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE), is pleased to announce that April 20 is decreed: "National Day of the Diaspora" in Haiti.
24th Anniversary of Haitian Constitution
- Created on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 2:20 PM
March 29 brings the anniversary of the current constitution of the Republic of Haiti, voted 24 years ago. Haiti's Constitution of 1987 is a text that establishes the organization and functioning of the State of Haiti.
American Airlines Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Haiti
- Created on Wednesday, March 02, 2011 12:12 PM
On March 2, 1971, an American Airlines Boeing 707 aircraft departed from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), headed for Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.