HAITI: In the Middle

Old barrels littered small Haitian airports to prevent clandestine landings. In Port-au-Prince, a spate of political murders sent oppositionists into hiding and kept nerves taut. Behind the crisis lay President Francois Duvalier's fear that he would become a stepping stone in Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro's planned invasion of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. "Haitian exiles are being trained in Havana," said Duvalier. Exhorting his people to fight back, he raised the war cry of famed Patriot Jean Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806): "Coupe tetesl Boulé cailles!"...

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