Ah, the history of Haiti!  What a rich and diverse set of experiences make up the past in this naturally beautiful land.  Originally settled by the Arawak and Taino tribes, Haiti began to be developed by Spanish conquerors during the late fifteenth century when Christopher Columbus reached the island.  The Spanish took over the land and forced the native tribes in to slavery, primarily for the purpose of excavating the gold and silver which were plentiful there at the time.   It was not long before the local tribal population died off and the Spanish began bringing slaves over from Africa to continue their exploitation of the island. 

Though Spanish control of Haiti continued throughout the seventeenth century, the British and French also moved in.  By the end of the century, the French had established a large base of control there.  This has created a rich culture comprised of a mixture of native, African, French and Spanish influences.  At the end of the eighteenth century, slavery was abolished and the tribal and African cultures slowly began to exert more influence in the area.

The twenty first century has seen much political struggle in Haiti, as control of the area has changed hands and revolutions have been formed.   Additional information about current political history-in-the-making can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics... .