Woman grieves at funeral for victim of political violence during the violent overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004. The recorded history of Haiti began on December 5, 1492 when the European navigator Christopher Columbus happened upon a large island in the region of the western Atlantic Ocean that later came to be known as the Caribbean Sea. It was inhabited by the Taíno, an Arawakan people.

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