Haiti first competed officially at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. That year marked the first medal, a bronze for the men's shooting team. In 1928, they graduated to silver, in the long jump. Through 2011, the island failed to earn any more. The Republic of Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. It was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first black-led nation in the world. Today it's the poorest country in the Americas. Destructive earthquakes, political instability, crime and violence have taken a large toll. The country is still trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake which left more than 200,000 people dead. Although predominantly Christian, the island's culture and arts have also developed with reference to Voodoo, a religion believed to have developed from West African practices amongst slaves in the Indies.
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