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With an area of 27,750km2, Haiti occupies the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which was discovered by C. Columbus on Dec 5, 1492, and whose larger, eastern part belongs to the Dominican Republic. Haiti's indigenous population was virtually wiped out during Spanish rule. In 1697, Haiti became a French possession through the Treaty of Ryswick. With the approval of the French revolutionary government, the black population rose up against the white upper class on Aug 23, 1791, and Haiti gained its…

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Hurbon, Laënnec, “Haiti”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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