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Published on Dec 8, 2006
On January 1st, 1804, President Dessalines would proclaim: "Never again shall colonist or European set foot on this soil as master or landowner. This shall henceforward be the foundation of our Constitution."
It would be US, not European, imperialism that would consign the Haitian people to the cruel reign of dictators. The US, would occupy Haiti, and impose their own rules and dictates. After their long and hated occupation, Haitian anthropologist Ralph Trouillot would say, "[it] improved nothing and complicated almost everything."
Yet, that imperial occupation does not wipe out the historical accomplishments of Haiti.
During the darkest nights of American bondage, millions of Africans, in America, in Brazil, in Cuba, and beyond, could look to Haiti, and dream.