Faustin Soulouque coronation ceremony as Faustin I
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Faustin Soulouque, an officer of the highest rank in the Haitian army, defied expectations and became a Haitian president, who knew how to take and hold power during his rule. Soulouque was born in Petit-Goâve in 1782 a slave, but later gained his freedom when the Saint-Domingue Civil Commissioner abolished slavery due to the slave revolts occurring then. However the French government tried to reinstitute the practice of slave ownership, and Soulouque, in an attempt to hold onto his freedom, signed on with the Black revolutionary army.