Save the Date: October 17th

This event commemorates the 200th anniversary of the death of king Henry Christophe I of Haiti.


About this Event

On 1 January 1804, an army led by formerly enslaved Africans in the French colony of Saint-Domingue declared themselves independent and free of slavery forever. The leader of these revolutionaries—Generals Jean Jacques-Dessalines, Alexandre Pétion, and Henry Christophe—had succeeded in defeating Napoléon Bonaparte’s famous army, the largest expedition to ever set sail from France. But in October 1806, Dessalines, who had declared himself to be the Emperor of the newly renamed Haiti, was assassinated by political rivals. Following this, the country would be divided into two separate states. General Henry Christophe established himself as president of the northern part of Haiti, while General Alexandre Pétion governed a completely separate republic in the southern and eventually the southwestern parts of Haiti. However, in March 1811, President Henry Christophe surprised everyone when he named himself King Henry I. This talk tells the story of Haiti’s first and only kingdom and how its monarch subsequently attracted the attention of the world

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