A map showing the country of Haiti.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- country occupying the W portion of the island of Hispaniola, West Indies: 10,700 sq mi (27,713 sq km); pop. 5,054,000; cap. Port-au-Prince
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Haiti - Cultural Definition
Republic in the West Indies, on the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Its capital and largest city is Port-au-Prince.
- With its extremely low average income and literacy rate, Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
- In 1957, François (“Papa Doc”) Duvalier established a dictatorship; at his death in 1971, he was succeeded by his son, Jean Claude (“Baby Doc”), who was finally overthrown in 1986. Since then the government has changed several times through military coups. In 1994, U.S. troops arrived in Haiti in an effort to restore democratic government, however, the political and economic future of Haiti remains uncertain.