Haiti’s ties to U.S. history goes back a long way. For example, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a black man born in Haiti (known back then as Saint-Domingue) is the earliest settler of what is now the city of Chicago – the original occupants being the Indigenous peoples who lived in the area before the arrival of Europeans.

Various Chicago sites have been named in Point du Sable’s honour to recognize his role in the city’s history. See Wikipedia for more details.

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Sculpture of Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable in Pioneer Court, Chicago. Image source