• Jan 1, 1492


    The island is discovered by Christopher Columbus; named Hispaniola
  • Ceded to France

    The western portion of Hispaniola is ceded to France
  • Independence from France

  • Jean-Claude Duvalier is named president-for-life

  • Jean-Claude Duvalier flees into exile

  • Military coup

    A military coup ousts President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
  • Rene Preval elected president

  • Food riots & hurricanes

    Food riots break out as prices rise Three hurricanes and one tropical storm kill 800
  • 7.0 Earthquake

    On tuesday, Jan. 12th a magnitude 7.0 earthquake destroys Port-au-Prince and kills over 230,000