Residents slowly abandon a forgotten town on Hispaniola

Q: Near the bottom of the island of Hispaniola in southeast Haiti is a forgotten village, cut off from its own country, and slowly emptying as its residents leave for the nearby and more prosperous Dominican Republic. Where is Hispaniola?

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Q: Without health services, electricity, or paved roads, Boucan Ferdinand lost its only road to the nearest Haitian town in devastating floods back in 2004. How much wealthier is the Dominican Republic than Haiti?

A. Twice as wealthy

B. About 5 times richer

C. Nearly 10 times wealthier

Q: The Dominican Republic’s official language is Spanish. What is the official language of Haiti?

A. Creole

B. English

C. Spanish

D. All of the above

Q: Hispaniola is the site of the oldest permanent European settlement in the Americas, established by Christopher Columbus after he shipwrecked on the island in 1492. What happened to the estimated 750,000 native Tainos then on Hispaniola?

A. Killed by European disease

B. Enslaved by the Europeans

C. Absorbed by new population

D. All of the above

Q: With more than 21 million people, Hispaniola is the most populous island in the Caribbean. What is the second most populous island in the Caribbean?

A. Aruba

B. Cuba

C. Jamaica

D. Puerto Rico

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