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Jean Mapou is the owner of Libreri Mapou Bookstore in the Little Haiti section of Miami, Florida, and he is planning on sticking it out through tough times as the recession has hit businesses in the area very hard. (C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images) | Miami Herald via Getty Images

Haitian Creole is a mixture of French and various West African languages. It’s the most widely spoken language in Haiti, yet French remains the official language of government and legal documents. But at least it’s legal now to speak Creole on the radio in Haiti.

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