Haiti is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. The republic includes the western part of the island of Hispaniola and a number of smaller islands, of which Île de la Gonâve, Île de la Tortue and Île à Vache are the largest. Haiti is located to the east of Cuba and borders the Dominican Republic for 275 kilometers to the east.
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After a period as a Spanish and later as a French colony, Haiti gained independence in 1804 after the Haitian Revolution (the only successful slave revolt in history!), Inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution raging in the motherland. Haiti was thus the first independent country in Latin America