Haiti - Why are the Haitian border cities and towns so far from the border?


Haiti Dirt Roads - Boc Banic, Near The Dominican Border
If you ever travel on land from Haiti to the Dominican Republic, you may be surprised to see that the Dominican Republic has fully developed cities and town right on the border while, on the Haiti side, you have to go quite a distance inland to find a sign of life... Why is that? I wondered... A friend of mine gave a brief explanation that makes sense...

"Sometimes you have understand to the history of your country in order to better comprehend why things are the way they are," my friend says. "When Haiti won its independence, our forefathers feared that the enemy would return. So, they decided to locate Haitian cities further inland to better protect them."

I understand that it may have been good strategy back then but i am wondering... Will it work for Haiti in the 21st century?

A Haitian person living along the Haiti-Dominican border can get all the goods and services he needs by walking across the border to the Dominican Republic including food, fuel, banking services, medical care, building materials, etc...

For that same person to get the same goods and services from Haiti would probably require him to travel an extended distance inland on UNPAVED roads...

Would it not be financially beneficial to our Haitian economy if Dominicans could cross the border into Haiti, have a good time, enjoy our goods and services for a brief moment, then go home leaving their pesos behind? Haitians do it all the time since their Colmados are right across the border, loaded with cervesas (dominican beer) and waiting for us...

The "maronage" is over folks, and Government leaders... It is time we place a welcome mat at our front door... And by that i mean each and point of entry a foreigner will use to enter our country, by land, sea or air...

What do you think about that?

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Comments...

Ricart "It's only right for them to think that they can just invade our territory." When was the last time Dominican Republic invaded Haiti? ha ha. It is... see more
Reply · August 12 at 5:17 PM
Roosevelt This was a very good question, and I can accept the protection answer, which the forefathers addressed that issue 200 years ago, but what is the... see more
Reply · August 09 at 12:02 PM
Ricart This article solicited opinions about the possible economic benefits of building Haitian cities and towns near the border with the Dominican... see more
Reply · August 09 at 8:26 AM
Ricart "Our babies are dying while their babies are growing with the concept of Haitians Being their Number One Enemy." Your babies are dying and I do not... see more
Reply · August 09 at 3:45 AM
Ricart "Actually many of the so-called Dominican border towns and cities were once Haitian territory." Go ahead, take it back if you can. CESFRONT, a... see more
Reply · August 09 at 3:11 AM
Ricart "We need to rebuild our Army and take full control of our borders." Take full control of your border? What the hell are you talking about? Haitians... see more
Reply · August 09 at 3:02 AM
Joel Price wow I RED YOUR MESSAGE AND I AGREE WITH YOU AT 100/% HOW TO TELL THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE WE SHOULD HAVE A BRIDGE LIKE US/CANADIAN AND CHARGE A FEE TO... see more
Reply · August 08 at 2:52 PM
Sem Moise Philippe Bravo fellow Woodring! You nail it right on the spot. You may remember my last week comment to your article showing some building renovation work... see more
Reply · August 08 at 2:15 PM
Sem Moise Philippe Bravo fellow Woodring! You nail it right on the spot. You may remember my last week comment to your article showing some building renovation work... see more
Reply · August 08 at 2:15 PM
Maurice Yeah that's the exact thing that should happen to us. As a Nation we are too irresponsible. It's only right for them to think that they can just... see more
Reply · August 08 at 1:50 PM
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