Haiti was once the source of coffee, sugar, bananas and cotton and was one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean. Since Haiti overthrew the French system and got their independence in 1804, many authoritarian and repressive regimes have taken place since then. In determining Haiti's history, race and class plays an important role. According to David Nicholl's, Haiti in the World Economy, "Race is closely related to culture in Haiti and the mulattos, in order to set themselves apart from the slaves turned to France for their identity and culture."
During that period in Haitian history and because the blacks were free at the time, blacks disliked the present of the whites because they resembled the French and in those days, the blacks did not like that particular culture. These categories of the classes also split up the people in Haiti in not only the groups of classes but also religion sectors.