French Caribbean

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The shot at the mercy gate

Juan Pablo Duarte’s progressive vision for the Dominican Republic sparked the February 1844 insurrection. But, as James Ferguson recounts, it was quickly thwarted by the forces of history.

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From island to end zone: Caribbean athletes in the NFL

Unknown to most sports fans at home, Caribbean athletes have exuberantly infiltrated the NFL. Here are four of the top stars.

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Henri Christophe’s palace of dreams in Sans Souci

Two hundred years ago, Haiti’s self-proclaimed king Henri Christophe completed his grand palace of Sans Souci. It was a sumptuous symbol of power.

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Spice of life

The spices of life in Marigot market.

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Emeline Michel: Queen of songs

Garry Steckles, at long last, discovers the Haitian music star Emeline Michel.

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Changing the story: The Jacmel Ciné Institute

The Jacmel Ciné Institute offers free training to budding Haitian filmmakers — with even more ambitious plans afoot.

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Caribbean Datebook (March/April 2013)

Events around the Caribbean in March and April .

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A bank in your pocket, Haitian style

Ten per cent of Haitians have bank accounts, but eighty per cent have mobile phones. Enter a new mobile banking system.

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The nil of victory: how Haiti won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup

Fifty years ago, a Haitian football team managed to win the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup without actually playing the final....

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Haiti’s Jacmel: Can’t stop the Kanaval

Haiti’s Jacmel Kanaval is gritty, bold — and alive.

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