Haiti and the Pan-Antillean Confederation – The idea of a united Caribbean nation or confederacy had long been part of the Haitian consciousness since independence was proclaimed. #Dessalines envisioned a united nation of African descendants, centralized in the Caribbean and spread throughout the the American south and northern South America. Boyer unified with #DominicanRepublic (then known as Spanish Haiti) in 1822 until 1844. The movements across the Spanish Caribbean in the 1860s and 70s renewed interests in Caribbean #unity. Following DR’s Restoration of Independence War, Lupéron (also likely of Haitian descent) expressed ideas for a confederation between DR and Haiti, stating that they were the “same people” and how they could protect each other from European influence. Obviously, this never came into fruition due to the erratic political situation in both countries and the #Dominican elites unwillingness to cooperate. When the idea of a Pan-Caribbean confederation was brought up between the #Hispanic Caribbean, the #PuertoRican nationalist, Ramón #Betances and #Cuban Nationalist Antonio Maceo petitioned Haiti’s inclusion. #Maceo stated a union between Haiti and Cuba would ensure the rights of the Afro population. Betances cited their revolutionary past and staunch anti-colonist sentiments. His petition influenced by his friendship with Haitian nationalist, Antenor Firmin. The pair first met in a meeting of the Society of Latin American Unity, an organisation that served as a social and political network for exiles from #LatinAmerica. Firmin and Betances both believed a pan-Caribbean state would have to give special protection to their African populations and work to limit the powers of the White upper class. Fermin devised a project that would unite the Greater Antilles over the course of 25 years. Unfortunately, pan-Caribbean ideals began to die down following the US’s annexation of PR, and invasion of Hispaniola

By wmb3331

Isaiah Israel is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Pacific with a bachelors in Psychology and a deep love for history in which he believes that when you know the past you can understand the present and predict the future course of man and mankind and is the author of the best selling ebook The White Man's Burden Of Lies and Deceit.

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