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Women from Haiti are the traditional heads of the family.
They have very strong ties to family and have great respect and obedience for and to their men.
They were sometimes called picture-bride marriages among Japanese American immigrants because the bride and groom knew each other only through the exchange of photographs before the day of their marriage.
These marriages among immigrants were typically arranged by parents, or relatives from the country of their origin.
Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti, is a Caribbean country in the Greater Antillean archipelago.
Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.
In most other parts of the world, arranged marriages continue to varying degrees and increasingly in quasi-arranged form, along with autonomous marriages.
The Ambitious Mother and the Obliging Clergyman - a cartoon by Charles Dana Gibson caricaturing arranged marriages in early 20th century United States.
By marrying their daughter to a good family the parents improve their social status by establishing a social bond between each other.
Gary Lee and Lorene Stone suggest that most adult marriages in recent modern history, are some gradation between extreme example of either ideal arranged or ideal autonomous marriage, in part because marriage is a social institution.
Extreme examples of forced arranged marriage have been observed in some societies, particularly in child marriages of girls below age 12.
As immigrants settled in and melded into a new culture, arranged marriages shifted first to quasi-arranged marriages where parents or friends made introductions and the couple met before the marriage; over time, the marriages among the descendants of these immigrants shifted to autonomous marriages driven by individual's choice, dating and courtship preferences, along with an increase in interracial marriages.
Arranged marriages have declined in prosperous countries with social mobility and increasing individualism; nevertheless, arranged marriages are still seen in countries of Europe and North America, among royal families, aristocrats and minority religious groups such as in placement marriage among Fundamentalist Mormon groups of the United States.