Summary of Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

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The video discusses the history of the divide between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, highlighting the exploitation and racism that has long characterized the relationship between the two nations. The video ends with a discussion of the current state of affairs, with the Dominican Republic enjoying a much higher standard of living than Haiti.

  • 00:00:00 The video discusses how the DR and Haiti are two very different countries due to the fact that they are separated by a border that was created by two European powers: France and Spain. The French exploited the land and created a group of resentful, overworked, and abused slaves.
  • 00:05:00 This video tells the story of how Haiti and the Dominican Republic became two worlds, with very different outcomes. The Spanish had a different approach to colonizing the island, and as a result, Haiti and the Dominican Republic developed differently. Haiti became independent in 1804 and fought off the French, becoming the first black republic in the world. However, racism and embargoes from the world made it difficult for Haiti to develop. In 2010, the Dominican Republic changed its citizenship laws to only give citizenship to those born on DR soil, which caused over 200,000 Dominicans to become stateless. Since then, over 55,000 people have been deported, and many have fled to Haiti.
  • 00:10:00 This video discusses the divide between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, highlighting the history of racism and exploitation between the two nations. The narration then highlights the disparities between the rich Dominican Republic and the impoverished Haiti, with the Dominicans setting up shop and Haitians being forced to pay to enter the country. The video ends with a discussion of the border between the two countries and the effects of long-standing discriminatory policies on both countries.
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