When France refused to recognize Haiti's independence 200...

Kapwa - November 19 2008, 5:00 PM

When France refused to recognize Haiti's independence 200 years ago, Haiti was forced to pay its colonizer the equivalent of $22 billion in today's money, to be free. Now Haiti wants that money back, and will not take NO for an answer.

In 1838, Haiti was forced to pay a ransom of 90 million gold francs to its French colonial masters to break the economic and diplomatic embargo that France had placed on the new republic after refusing to recognize its independence.

HAITI SHOULD NOT ONLY ASK FRANCE FOR ITS MONEY BACK BUT ALSO ASK THE DOMINICAN

REPUBLIC FOR HALF OF THE MONEY SINCE WHEN HAITI PAID FRANCE IT PAID FOR THE

ENTIRE ISLAND NOT JUST FOR THE WEST SIDE OF IT. NOW THAT THE DOMINICANS ARE

INDEPENDENT THEY SHOULD START REIMBURSING HAITI BACK FOR THE MONEY WE PAID FOR

THEM.

WE WANT OUR DAMN MONEY BACK AND WE WANT IT NOW. FRANCE AND ST. DOMINGUE WE WANT OUR 22 BILLION NOW.

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