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“ The Spaniards entered the large house nearby…and with cuts and stabs began to kill as many as they found there, so that a stream of blood was running, as if a great number of cows had perished…To see the wounds which covered the bodies of the dead and dying was a spectacle of horror and dread.”
According to the Spanish colonial priest Bernardo de Las Casas:
Within 40 years the entire Taino population was wiped out
Columbus re-named Ayiti “Hispaniola” “ Little Spain”
In 1695 Spain ceded the Western third of the island to France France renamed it Saint-Dominque and grew cotton, indigo, tobacco and cocoa on huge plantations
In the 1780s Haiti grew •40% of all sugar •60% of all coffee consumed in Europe Haiti was called the “ Pearl of the Antilles” Producing the most wealth of all French colonies
France achieved this colonial wealth by enslaving millions of African people who were worked to death within 7 years!
This stolen wealth transformed France from poverty to a wealthy imperial power