The Real Treasure of the Caribbean: Haiti, Part 2. Fried Accra.

Today’s word prompt,PROCLIVITY (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/proclivity/), speaks to me of the natural proclivity of Taino people, native to Haiti, to be friendly and hospitable. It speaks to me of the imported African slaves’ proclivity to fight for their freedom. Above all, I admire proclivity of my Haitian students to hard work and their dedication to learning. Here is Part 2 of my Haitian series. Enjoy!
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Slavery started in Haiti with the arrival of Columbus. Met with friendliness, welcoming gifts, and delicious local fritters called Accra or Akra, he described the native Arawak Taino people as “tractable, and easily led; they could be made to grow crops and build cities” (Mellzer, Slavery: A World History, 1971). And the gentle, helpful natives were forced to do just that, as well as work in the gold and copper mines. Nobody knows how many Taino people had lived on the island before Columbus “discovered” them – nobody bothered counting! – but about a third of the population died of hard labor and European diseases within the first two years, and estimated 92% disappeared during the first ten years (Thomas, The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440–1870, 2013). 

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Don Diego Columbus, the 2nd Admiral of the Indies, 2nd Viceroy of the Indies and 4th Governor…

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  1. becomebetty says:

    Those look delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like them!

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  2. ymperez says:

    Yum!! Must try these.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for a lovely comment!

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  3. Osyth says:

    I read this series before and it struck to the heart of my heart as it should. I have a random (and woefully ignorant) question …what makes a seasoning Kosher. Being in France we routinely use Maggi and I just wondered?

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    1. What and makes anything, other than raw ingredients, kosher is a kosher certification. To obtain it, there must be a Rabbi supervising the entire process of manufacturing and packaging a product, to make sure that no non-kosher ingredient touches it, even by mistake. I don’t know what Maggi has that makes it non-kosher, but kosher certification is not cheap, and my guess is that for something not sold to kosher customers, a manufacturer doesn’t need to go into an extra expense.
      There are several kosher products similar to Maggi that we use, and yes, ALL kosher products are more expensive than non-kosher ones.

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      1. Osyth says:

        Gotcha … interesting. Thank you

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      2. Disregard “and” in the first sentence, please! I am embarrassed; I am not catching silly mistakes. I hope you had a blast in Paris!

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      3. Osyth says:

        I did. Paris is always balm and frustration in equal measure! I stay in the Latin Quarter of habit … this time I stumbled on a certain E Hemingway’s abode close to rue Moufftade. 😊

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      4. I share your feelings about Paris, and I love the way you express them! Love Latin Quarter, too, but I confess, I can’t say the same about Hemingway – sorry! 😻

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      5. Osyth says:

        Hemingway is what the British call ‘Marmite’ (that black bitter savory spread which is similar to Australian Vegemite) – you love him or hate him, there is no in between!!

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      6. Not that I hate him – Hemingway, not Marmite! – but I lost all attraction I had had for him as a teenager as soon as I read “The Moveable Feast.” Marmite is a different story, though; that I hate.

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  4. Hassan Zada says:

    very nice. i love it 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much; I am so glad you like it! And thank you for stopping by.

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      1. Hassan Zada says:

        My pleasure 🙂

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  5. spearfruit says:

    Very interesting as usual Dolly. Gary
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    1. Thank you so much, Gary!

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