Is it true? I'm hearing that a contributory factor to Haiti's financial poverty, which has made the impact of the recent earthquake worse, is that they only finished paying of debts to French banks around 1950. After slaves in Haiti won their freedom by rioting, apparently these debts were imposed on the people of Haiti by Napoleon as compensation for the losses incurred by the European owners of the plantations there on which the former slaves had worked.
Our celebration in 2007 of the conribution to the abolition of slavery in Britain by William Wilberforce and others brought home amongst other things the way in which slavery contributed to European coffers while impoverishing other people.
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