Two Main Reasons for the US Occupation of HAITI you probably didn't know

There were two main drivers for the US occupation of Haiti that you probably didn't know... Read this...

Uncle Sam - The U.S. Government
Uncle Sam - The U.S. Government

The first drivers for the US occupation of Haiti was strategic.

The U.S. Navy was afraid foreign powers might take over and establish naval bases in Haiti that could threaten US shores and shipping. In particular, Germany.

It may seem hard to believe, but before the US takeover, a tiny German population had settled in Haiti -- about 200 individuals -- and they had amassed huge influence over the economy. Among them were believed to be a number of intelligence agents.

The other main driver behind the take-over:
Economic and financial interests.

Haiti owed a lot of money to American and French creditors. An American sugar company wanted to be able to own land. Trade and development should meet American needs.

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