The past, present and future of Haiti
Conan O’Brien pays a visit
Setting the record straight
I was traveling and missed this great story, but better late then never.
Conan O’Brien learns some Haitian history and then visits the country and talks to the people with humor, intelligence, and kindness.
The fact is the people of Haiti defeated Napoleon’s army and liberated themselves from France and abolished slavery not long after the US won its revolution.
In contrast, it took the US nearly 100 years after its Declaration of Independence to abolish slavery.
By depriving France of profits from the slave and sugar trade in Haiti, the Haitians put Napoleon in a position where he was forced to give up and sell the area know then as “Louisiana” which includes modern day Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa and parts of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, and Minnesota.
If you live in any of those states, you can thank a Haitian freedom fighter.