Rhode Island Around the World - Airmail Covers
1930 Port au Prince, Haiti Airmail Cover
to Mr. L. N. Vaughan - Newport, Rhode Island 

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The Airmail Cover above was sent in 1930 from Port-au-Prince, Haiti  to Mr. L. N. Vaughan in Newport, Rhode Island

The stamp is the 50-Centimes deep-violet Airmail Issue of 1929-30 (Scott #C2) and depicts a "Plane over Port-au-Prince." The stamp is tied to the cover with a Port-au-Prince CDS and a slogan cancel reading, "Tourists, Visit The Republic of Haiti" in both Spanish and English.


Haiti is located on the western third of the island of Hispaniola and shares the island with the Dominican Republic. Haiti has a total area of 10,700 square miles and a population of over 5 million. The capital of Haiti is Port-au-Prince

The island of Hispaniola was originally settled by the Arawak Amerindians. After Columbus landed on the island in 1492 and claimed it for Spain; the Spanish began systematically exterminating the Arawaks there and on other islands in the Caribbean. Spain ceded the western third of the island to France in 1697. During the French Colonial period, Haiti became one of the wealthiest colonies in the Caribbean; it's economy driven by sugar cane and slaves. In 1791, Toussaint L'Ouverture led a revolt of over half a million slaves and in 1804, Haiti became the western hemisphere's first Black Republic

During most of the twentieth century, the Duvalier family; "Papa Doc and Baby Doc" ruled Haiti under a brutal dictatorship. The government of Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was overthrown in 1986 and since that time, Haiti has seen several repressive governments come and go. The United States has intervened in the country twice since 1986. Today, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere

This cover could have been sent to either Leander N. Vaughan, Sr. or Leander N. Vaughan, Jr. The 1930 Newport Census lists Leander Sr. as being born in 1866 in Massachusetts and the son, Leander Jr. as being born in Newport, RI in 1909. Leander Sr. is listed as a Jeweler and Leander Jr. (living in father's home) is listed as a drugstore salesclerk.

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