Cover above was sent in 1930
from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
to Mr. L. N. Vaughan in Newport,
The stamp is the 50-Centimes
deep-violet Airmail Issue
of 1929-30 (Scott
#C2) and depicts a
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
located on the western third
of the island of Hispaniola
and shares the island with the Dominican
Republic. Haiti has a total area
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
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
family; "Papa Doc and
Baby Doc" ruled Haiti
under a brutal dictatorship.
The government of Jean Claude "Baby
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.