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Old October 13th, 2017, 05:02 AM   #1
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Henri Christophe, king of Haiti

When I was browsing Wikipedia, I found such information:

Dessalines' successor was King Henry Christophe, another general in the revolution.[44] Christophe, fearing another French invasion, continued in Dessalines' footsteps fortifying the country.[45][46] For the construction of one citadel, La Citadelle Laferrière, Christophe is thought to have forced hundreds of thousands of people into laboring on it, killing an estimated 20,000 of them.[46]


Is this true? Was really Henry Christopher so cruel and merciless ruler? If yes, it's seems, that Haitians turned down chains of slavery only for being enslaved again, that time by themselves.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 05:25 AM   #2

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I'm impressed by the scale of the citadel. I think they should be proud of this achievement even though so many died.

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I have visited the Citadel several times , the historical plaques there and in The Cap tell many stories about his cruelty . The fortress is so far from the sea that no navel force could even see it let alone fire on it ! The walls are very high making a landward assault almost impossible , one wall is several hundred feet above the surrounding land . Walking from the Port of LeCap , Cape Haitian must be 10 or 15 miles and an almost unbearable climb . We hired small horses and men to lead them and was still a very tiring experience , of course things have probably changed as that was 51 years ago .
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One legend about the citadel is that Henri Christophe impressed a visiting diplomat with the discipline of his troops. He ordered a group of soldiers to march forward and they kept on marching. Without an order to stop or turn, they marched forward until they came to the edge of the wall and fell to their deaths.

I have also read that Henri Christophe kept the civilians disciplined and working on the sugar plantations making sugar for export. President Boyer on the other hand broke up plantations into small family holdings worked only for self sufficient production and producing little or nothing for export, thus Haiti became a poor country. So perhaps the best policy for Haiti would have been between Henri Christophe's and Boyer's.
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Old January 29th, 2018, 03:53 AM   #5

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Christophe ruled northern Haiti, while Petain ruled southern Haiti, which was more democratic. Eventually, the Haitians of the north rose up against Christophe, who committed suicide, and northern Haiti was reunited with the south under Petain.

Boyer succeeded Petain.

Obviously, the Haitians preferred to have their own little plot of land, to the plantation economy of Christophe.
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