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Haiti
  • Format
  • HARDCOVER
  • Authored by: Charles F. Gritzner
  • From the Series: Modern World Nations
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604139404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-940-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 972
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 118

Summary

Tropical islands evoke images of sun, surf, and sand, palms swaying gently in the breeze, and happy, carefree people. Some of these stereotypical images hold true for Haiti, a country that shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Over time, however, this French-speaking land has suffered repeated natural and human-caused hardships. Raging hurricanes are frequent, leaving a wake of destruction. Earthquakes are a constant threat to life, property, and infrastructure. In January 2010, a massive earthquake struck the country's heartland, and Port au Prince, the capital and largest city, was left in ruin. More than 200,000 people died, and several million were left homeless. Though Haiti became independent in 1804, its history is one of tyrannical government, grinding poverty, social turbulence, and massive human-caused environmental destruction. Haiti explains how this beleaguered land has fallen short of becoming an idyllic "tropical paradise."

Specifications

Full-color photographs and maps. Facts at a glance. History at a glance. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Charles F. Gritzner is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He served as both President and Executive Director of the National Council for Geographic Education and received the Council's highest honor, the George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Geographic Education, as well as numerous other national teaching, service, and research recognitions from NCGE, the Association of American Geographers, and other organizations.

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