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

We continue with my Haiti series by repeating a traditional Haitian snack cum side dish. Enjoy, Beautiful People!


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…

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  1. It sounds like a savory treat!

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    1. It really is; thank you, dear Mimi!

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  2. Garfield Hug says:

    You have such a lovely mixed heritage. There is Russian, Haiti etc and I love all the interesting food, culture and history that comes with it.

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    1. Well, darling, my heritage is 100% Jewish, but throughout the two thousand years of our exile, we have traveled all over the world, picking up bits and pieces of history and culture, and, of course, recipes.
      Thank you for your kind words.

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      1. Garfield Hug says:

        😃Thanks for the background

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      2. I thank you for your interest.

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  3. An interesting story and a delicious looking dish! 🍮🍂🔔🍂🍮🍽

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!


  4. Thank you for another great information, Dolly! Always with great recipes makes memorizing of history much more easier. Michael

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, Michael.
      Happy, healthy, and safe, New Year to you and yours!


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