Christopher Columbus lands on the island and names it Hispaniola.
Spain establishes the first European settlement in the Western hemisphere in Santo Domingo, known now as the capital of the Dominican Republic.
Spain cedes the western part of Hispaniola, now known as Haiti, to France.
Haiti becomes independent.
The United States invades Haiti and maintains fiscal control until 1947.
Severe floods lead to economic hardships; international donors pledge more than one billion dollars in aid.
The United States partially lifts an arms embargo that was originally imposed in 1991.
The government announces an emergency plan to cut the price of rice to try to control food riots. The United States and the World Bank announce 30 million extra dollars of food aid.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund forgive 80% of Haiti’s debt.
Up to 300,000 people are killed when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Port-au-Prince, the capital. International donors pledge $5.3 billion for reconstruction.