Library Exhibits


Environmental History of Hispaniola

An exhibit curated by Dominique Coulombe and Patricia Figueroa in collaboration with Patrick Sylvain, Max Clermont, Deborah Saint-Vil and Kona Shen

This exhibit was available from March 12 to April 30, 2009 in the John Hay Library and was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Brown University Library.


Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the land area of the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. Although both of these former colonies of Spain and France have faced socioeconomic hardships and political instability in their post-colonial period, they show a sharp contrast in the current state of their natural resources. This exhibition traced the environmental history of Hispaniola from pre-Columbian times to the present and explores the evolution of its natural resources by highlighting special collection materials from the John Hay and John Carter Brown Libraries, and museum objects from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

For further information contact Patricia Figueroa


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