Dominican Republic taking the other. Became independent from France in a revolution in 1804, the first state to undergo a slave revolution and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. Since then the country has undergone a succession of coups, repeated occupation by the USA, the rule of the father-and-son despots known as "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier (the latter rising to power at 19), followed by what can only be called anarchy. Things were finally settling down politically, just in time for a horrific earthquake to hit in January of 2010. The parents of current Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime left for The United States after their own parents (i.e. Reggie's grandparents, on both sides of the family) started having harsh political disputes among each other. In fiction: Haiti is mostly known for voodoo (despite being 95% Christian), specifically the Hollywood portrayal of it.The Republic of Haiti, in French République d'Haïti, in the local creole Repiblik Ayiti. Occupies half of the island of Hispaniola (now there's a famous name), with the
The Haitian flag
The blue and red halves are derived from the Tricolore, symbolizing the black majority and peoples of mixed descent, respectively. At the center is the coat-of-arms, featuring a Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty, perched atop a palm tree. The tree is surrounded by six flags, symbolizing Haiti, which are in turn surrounded by tools of war, such as guns, cannons, anchors and a drum, symbolizing the Haitians' readiness to defend their homeland.