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Where Black Rules White: A Journey across and about Hayti

Nature volume 63, page 512 (28 March 1901) | Download Citation



MR. PRICHARD visited Haïti in the year 1899 as a special correspondent of the Daily Express; and in the volume under notice we have his impressions and experiences described, with anecdotes and illustrations. He made a short trip into Santo Domingo, to which he devotes a chapter, but otherwise the book is concerned with the people, places and affairs of the part of the island governed by the Haiti Republic. Referring to the people of the Dominican State, Mr. Prichard remarks: “They are not nearly so likeable as the Haytian peasantry, and hospitality does not flourish in the same degree as on the western side of the border. On the other hand, the Government of San Domingo is less jealous of foreign influence. The Dominicans speak Spanish, and have preserved the purity of their language to a far greater degree than can be said of the Haytians, whose French has degenerated into a Creole patois so corrupt that it can with difficulty be understood by outsiders.”

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