HAITI: Paradise 1946

Their only worry was that so good a life could not last. On porches overlooking the improbable blue harbor of Port-au-Prince, the 200 or more members of the American colony in Haiti basked in a New World Majorca, living like nabobs on $300 a month, and comfortably on $150.

Choice sirloin and T-bone steaks cost 20¢ a lb., prime rib roasts 15¢ a lb., chickens and lobsters 30¢ apiece. Excellent Haitian coffee was 12¢ a lb., sugar 6¢:, and there was no limit on anything. As a matter of course, an American household was staffed by five competent servants—houseboy, cook,...

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