La Gonave - The Vision
Few people know that the US simply took an island belonging to Haiti and has never looked back. It's par for the course. Similar to what UN/Clinton is spearheading, presiding over, RIGHT NOW, in terms of Haitian territories like Mole St. Nicolas, Ile de la Tortue, Gulf of La Gonave, or at Fort Liberte, et al.
Few people know that enslaved Blacks from the US were sent to two Haitian Islands. In one instance to work US mines, in the other as an effort for solving the US Black enslavement issue faced by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Few people know of the blood spilled, death and sufferings resulting from US institutionalized malevolence towards defenseless Haiti and Blacks from the US as played out on two Haitian Islands.
No, it's not the island that's the subject of this essay. Not La Gonave. But Ile de la Vache and Navassa Island in Haiti .
Lincoln deported over 400 enslaved Blacks from the U.S. to a then,
fairly isolated Island of Haiti called - Ile a Vache. But the US
government did not inform the Haitian authorities of their use of
Haitian territory, so Haitian authorities didn't know the US Blacks
were there or needed help... Many starved to death on Ile a Vache.
(See, Lincoln and Haiti: The African American Exodus that Didn't Happen and, more recently Haiti (Ile a Vache) island unscathed by quake, but tourists stay away .)
Blacks starving in Haiti, due to US government policy, is well illustrated by the recent empty Clinton apology and the continuing "HOPE" act legislation mandating sweatshops at .38 cents an hour wages, dumping of Miami rice and other such "aid" and "reforms" for Haiti by the "do-gooders." As a result of these US free trade policies, 830,000 rural Haitian jobs were lost and hundreds of thousands of Haitians were forced into the capital looking for work, where eventually they would meet up with Jan 12 at 4:53. The Island pillaged and plundered. The people die and die as a result. Navassa Island is a perfect example.
Navassa Island in Haiti was a fairly uninhabited Haitian island, not much different from Ile a Vache back then. The US simply stole it from Haiti in 1857 for its guano resources, and mining took place between 1865 and 1898.
"Guano phosphate was a superior organic fertilizer that became a mainstay of American agriculture in the mid-19th century. In 1889 the island's actual operation passed to the Navassa Phosphate Company of Baltimore, Maryland. The Navassa Phosphate Company mined Navassa with African-American laborers."
African-American blood was spilled on that Island also, not just Black Haitian blood. For more, go to - Navassa Island Incident 1889-1891 )
Today, as President Obama sits in the White House, the US is busy taking Haiti's deep water ports, strategically located islands and the mainland. Period, no comma. And the beat goes on, on and on... La Gonave, Ile de la Tortue, Labadie beaches, Mole St. Nicolas, Miragoane ports and shores, Jacmel...Blacks are NOT supposed to own prime lands much less oceanfronts, seas, islands and mountains after mountains.
The road to justice is long for Ayisyen.
The people of Haiti are fighting against formidable odds, as all around them in the Caribbean exist only U.S. or Euro colonies, client states and territories, also hostile to Haiti's Afrocentricity and refusal to be quietly re-colonized.
The tiny nation of Haiti has valiantly struggled, for over two centuries, for its sovereignty, its own language, Vodun sacred values and most importantly to not end up a colonial enterprise, like the Dominican Republic and as the rest of the Caribbean islands where mostly Eurocentric-black overseers manage their Black and brown populations for the benefit of the white superpower nations. And where the Island peoples are set off as props in their own homeland - maids, butlers, prostitutes, gardeners, entertainers and housekeepers - servicing the foreign-owned white tourist industry while their masses live in abject poverty and total deprivation; their island resources exported to feed and further enrich said same foreign white countries as in the times of slavery. (Media Lies and the Real Haiti News, 2007; Does the Western economic model and calculation of economic wealth fit Haiti, fit Dessalines' idea of wealth distribution? NO! ; Haiti's Riches: Interview with Ezili DantÃ² on Mining in Haiti; Haiti Riches. and, Did mining and oil drilling trigger the Haiti earthquake?)
Without a strong military ally to ward off plunderers by leveraging their muscles for defenseless Black Haiti in foreign relations and trade, Black Haiti shall always be subject to exploitation and impoverishment. It's assets stolen, its attempts at participatory democracy destroyed and the resulting chaos and misery used for the benefit of making the superpowers' elites wealthier.
Haiti is not the poorest country, it's the most exploited country. (See. Program and presentation summary of an HLLN To -Tell-The-Truth- About-Haiti Forum with Ezili DantÃ² (Photos and Agenda; Haiti Riches.)