This timeline of Haiti's history begins with the Duvalier era and brings the history up to the Jan. 16, 2011 return of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier.

On the timeline, clicking on a dot or an event title brings up a description of the event. Right-clicking on a link in a description opens the link in a new window/tab. The sliders on the bottom expand or contract a time period.

For a short summary of Haiti's history before 1957, on this website there's Haiti's unhappy history. An earlier CBC News timeline gives more detail about events in Haiti from 2004 to mid-2006.