How (and Why) We Calculated the Value of Haiti’s Payments to France


On Sept. 9, Selam Gebrekidan, one of our colleagues on the project, traveled with me and Matt to southeast London to meet Victor Bulmer-Thomas, a British expert on Caribbean economies, and show him the spreadsheet. As I opened my laptop in his dining room, I felt nervous, fearing he would dismiss our tabulation as mere guesswork.

To our relief, he enthusiastically approved it.

I spent the next few weeks sharing my screen in online meetings with scholars who have studied Haiti’s debt. I…



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