Gold, Mining and Haiti

When Christopher Columbus first came to the West Indies, he was looking for gold. He was hoping to find a lot of the precious metal on the island of Hispaniola (shared today by Haiti and the Dominican Republic). The spanish enslaved the Arawak Indians to make them work in gold mines, but they never found much gold on the island. When gold and silver were discovered in far greater quantities on the American mainland, Spain stopped searching for gold on the Island. Now a Canadian company thinks there might be a lot of gold burried deep underneath the mountains of Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas.

Read the story on the Washington Post (May 11)


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