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This is a very famous image of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It’s often used to demonstrate how badly off Haiti is relative to their neighbors. What you seldom here about this image is that what you’re actually seeing is the environmental scars of a very different post colonial history. In 1804 when Haiti won their independence from France, they set an example that intimidated slave-holding nations across the globe.

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