Oh the history of Haiti is much more dire than that. The US has systematically tried to ruin this country, and other latin american countries. From the poisoning of the crops and the soil with chemicals to the deforestation to the Creole Pig Incident... smh. I could go on and on.
What people see on the "news" of the congested capital city is so different from what the country actually looks like. The gorgeous mountains, the lush greens... there is no natural reason why this country should be so poor. And there is no reason why only 1% of the forest remains.