This chapter describes events that affected Jamaica and Haiti in the early twentieth century, including the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1915 and the Great War, which caused Jamaica's economy to suffer and people to leave for opportunities elsewhere. Both the Great War and the U.S. occupation also exposed Haitians and Jamaicans firsthand to profound racism. However, even as the scope of possibilities for Haitians and Jamaicans broadened, carried by the tides of change, the shared links between them continued. Thousands left the islands for Europe and North America, but most remained. And the well-trodden path between Kingston and Port-au-Prince would be traversed by new generations of migrants and travelers who continued to be participants in each other's history. Whether motivated by love, labor, opportunism, adventure, exile, or escape, the centuries of movement of people across the Caribbean forge connections between the islands that shape personal and national histories.
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