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In 1803, the first ruler of Haiti created a new flag. He ripped out the white stripe in the French red, white and blue flag and proclaimed to the world that he would rip white people from the nation. The remaining blue and red stripes would forever be known as the flag of Haiti. That man was Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first ruler of Haiti. Born in 1758, in Africa, Jean-Jacques Dessalines was… Read More

When it comes to myths and legends, the Keys have a set of their own. Many of them are sea-based, but the creepiest is the tale of Robert the Doll. It all happened in the late 1800s. Thomas Otto and his family moved in to a mansion at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets in Key West, Florida, now known as the Artist House. The Ottos were known to be stern… Read More

Haiti has been blessed with fleeting moments of glory. From its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492, it was one of the first islands in the New World to be settled by the Spanish. Between 1492 and 1550, the indigenous culture of the Taino Indians disappeared, and the island became a lawless pocket in the Spanish empire, populated by all manner of castaways, pirates, buccaneers and fortune seekers. When the French used… Read More

Very little is actually known about Henri Christophe’s childhood. Some say that he was born on Grenada Island, a small nation in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles; some say that he was the son of a freeman. His father, also named Christophe, was by all accounts transported from West Africa or Central West Africa to Saint Domingue. A place we now know as Haiti. It is known that in 1779, Christophe served with… Read More