Ever since colonial days, when France claimed it as her own, Haiti carried within it an aura of the unknown and the mysterious. Once called the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Haiti became for a time the largest sugar producing region in the world, thanks to plantations populated by thousands of enslaved Africans, who rose up and defeated their French masters in a bloody revolution in 1804. Rift with unrest ever since, Haiti continues to be an enigma, with its rich culture of art and literature and vodun, yet forever misunderstood. Mangoes & Roosters, a few words found in the popular song, “Haiti Cherie,” paints fictional portraits of key players in Haitian society and culture.
It is easy to cut down the tree of liberty, but not so easy to restore it to life.
~ Toussaint Louverture
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