Excerpt from Haiti's Agriculture and Trade
Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, second largest of the West Indies. Haiti's long and turbulent history has included many firsts. Haiti was one of the first areas visited by Christopher Columbus, and it was also the site (though not permanent) of the first settlement in the New World.
In 1804, Haiti became the world's first Negro republic. It is also the only republic in the New World where the official language 15 French.
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