Saturday, January 30, 2010

Jared Diamond on Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Despite sidestepping Haiti's foreign domination throughout it's history, Jared Diamond makes some valid points concerning the differences in development between Haiti and the Dominican Republic - both of which share the same island.

A second social and political factor is that the Dominican Republic — with its Spanish-speaking population of predominantly European ancestry — was both more receptive and more attractive to European immigrants and investors than was Haiti, with its Creole-speaking population composed overwhelmingly of black former slaves.

Hence, European immigration and investment were negligible and restricted by the constitution in Haiti after 1804 but eventually became important in the Dominican Republic.

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