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Marie-Louise Christophe, Queen of Haiti

The planters talked over their billiards and their wine, and the longer they played and the more they drank the more they talked. They said things not intended for slave ears. The wine loosened their tongues and blurred their intellects. Christophe listened with amazement and then coolly digested what they said; and within the short tropic [...]
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Henri Christophe, Proclaimed King of Haiti, 26 March 1811

Michael Thompson, Henri I, King of Haiti (2010)
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Henri Christophe sets fire to Le Cap

Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 32 (1938)
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Je renais de mes cendres

...The reverse bears the inscription Les armoiries du Roi Henry Christophe, 1767-1820, Bâtisseur de La Citadelle (The arms of King Henry Christophe, 1767-1820, Builder of the Citadel). In the middle is the king’s coat of arms, a crowned phoenix rising from the flames, with stars in the firmament and the words, Je renais de mes cendres. (I [...]
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Débarquement de la flotte française à Saint-Domingue, faisant suite aux Révolutions de cette île.

Débarquement de la flotte française à Saint-Domingue, faisant suite aux Révolutions de cette île. Guerre à mort entre les Français et les Noirs. Carnage horrible, incendies, devastations, les Français chasses de Saint-Domingue. (1803). Click here for larger image and more information.
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“The troops which you say are at this moment landing, I consider as so many pieces of cards, which the slightest breath of wind will dissipate.”

“Your aid-de-camp, General, has delivered to me your letter of this day. I have the honor to inform you, that I could not deliver up the forts and posts entrusted to my command, without previous orders from the governor general, Toussaint Louverture, my immediate chief, from whom I hold the powers [...]
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The Citadelle Laferrière or, Citadelle Henri Christophe

Henri Christophe built his citadel in the first decade of the nineteenth century on the top of a mountain more than three thousand feet high, which dominates the fertile plains of Northern Haiti. He built it as a last stronghold against the French if they attempted to retake Haiti. The trip up took a little [...]
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Haiti: Savannah

The connection between the siege of Savannah and the independence of Hayti is traced, both to its spirit, and physically, through the black legion that on that occasion saved the American army. T. G. Steward, How the Black St. Domingo Legion Saved the Patriot Army in the Siege of Savannah, 1779 (1889) At the siege of Savannah [...]
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