Focus on Haiti
From the Series Focus on Geography
Haiti, known for its mountainous and rugged land, is rich in agriculture as well as cultural traditions born from resistance. Read all about the country's land and resources, its beginnings as a profitable colony, the revolution that made it the world's first Black-ruled republic, and the daily life and culture of modern Haitians.
|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
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|Guided Reading Level||X|
|Subjects||Geography, Social Studies|
Going well beyond Haiti’s geography and climate, this entry in the Focus on Geography series (4 titles) also introduces the nation’s Indigenous Taíno people, its creation as a republic; its culture, religion, and Kreyòl (or Creole) language; and current ways of life. The comprehensive text places each chapter’s broader topics in the context of Haiti’s complicated history with colonization, slavery, indemnity payments to France, and unstable governments, all of which have contributed to the country’s high poverty rate. The author balances these injustices with Haiti’s revolutionary heroes, status as the world’s first Black republic founded by formerly enslaved people, and commitment to freedom. A final chapter looks to the future as Haiti and its rich culture continue to evolve despite economic struggles. Photos, historical reproductions, and maps give readers more visual details.