For the sake of eliminating exploitation in the world, "Haiti" is a must read. Hispanola, a combination of Haiti and Dominican Republic, is actually the first place Christopher Columbus landed in the so-called "New World" in 1492. By 1505, Columbus had exterminated every native Arawak man, woman, and child and due to the labor-intensive nature of sugar cane production, had re-inhabited the island with African slaves. By the end of the American Revolution, Haiti produced more wealth than all the thirteen U.S. colonies combined.
This story of Haiti chronicles not only the inhuman treatment of the slaves but the Haitian revolutionary movement that, in turn and in combination, defeated all the great military powers of the world. This book recounts the well-known and not so well known trials and tribulations of the Haitian people from 1505 right up to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.