Hispaniola: Worst of Neighbors

For its size, the island of Hispaniola—where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492—can match its violent past and present with just about any place, including Cuba, the island next door. One end of the island of Hispaniola just got rid of the bloody 31-year dictatorship of the Trujillos in 1961. The other end is subjected to the increasingly whimsical violence of Haiti's Dictator François Duvalier.

In Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, Duvalier's palace guards burst into the Dominican embassy in search of 22 anti-government Haitians, including several army officers, who had sought asylum there. They ransacked two...

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