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Haiti (/ˈhti/ ( listen); French: Haïti [a.iti]; Haitian Creole: Ayiti [ajiti]), officially the Republic of Haiti and formerly called Hayti, is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27750 km2 in size and has an estimated million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole. The region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people. Spain landed on the island on 5 December 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. When Columbus initially landed in Haiti, he had thought he had found India or China. On Christmas Day 1492, Columbus' flagship the Santa Maria ran aground north of what is now Limonade. As a consequence, Columbus ordered his men to salvage what they could from the ship, and he created the first European settlement in the Americas, naming it La Navidad after the day the ship was destroyed.

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This picture was taken from one of the highest points in Haiti. From this perspective you can see everything, but it's easy to overlook the poverty and humility of these amazing people. To see that, you need another perspective. *I am the owner of this photo

Contributed by Anna Dunn

Jacmel, Haiti

Haiti is a beautiful place with gobs of potential, but because of the government and other forms of corruption, it is a fantasy to believe the country will be perfect any time soon. This is a picture of me in Jacmel, Haiti dancing with one of my friends I made. The thing that struck me about Haiti was that we have everything in the U.S. Millions of things we take for granted, the Haitians don't even have the opportunity to have (i.e. public schools, the ability to read, a job, electricity, etc.). Yet, even without all of this, they were the happiest people I have ever met. They did not think that they were missing out on life because they didn't have the newest iPhone or a house kept at 71 degrees on the dot. They were happy to have a family and friends that they could lean on and love. It's hard to find that kind of appreciation in America. Everyone, including myself, should take note of the Hatians. Money does not always bring happiness; happiness comes from appreciating what you do have.

Contributed by Reade Pickert

Most people who have never been to Haiti, and have only seen what they know about it on television have a negative view of the country. To people who aren't Haitian or have never been to this country only think that it is a poor country with dirty roads, and all that happens there are killings and kidnappings. Though those things are true, us Haitians refuse to let that define us and our country. We see Haiti as our home with some of the most beautiful beaches and natural sites, best food, and great music. People all around Haiti have great spirits and are extremely proud of this country. This video is just to shed a light on the beauty and positivity of my country that is rarely ever shown to most people. This is Haiti, and I am Haitian!

Contributed by Axelle Celestin

Haiti Tour Video:After the Earthquake.

Contributed by John Davilman

This is a picture taken from a very popular bridge in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Cap-Haitian is a large city in northern Haiti. This bridge and river are famous for tourists because it summarizes Haiti quickly and precisely. The pollution in the river causes a great stench. However, the view of mountains in the distance brings beauty to Haiti. When one drives across this bridge, their senses take in the stench and horrid sights of deep poverty until they look across the river to the mountains and rest in their contrasting beauty.

Contributed by Kelsey Heberling

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