Henri Christophe as Henri I, King of Haiti
On 26 March 1811, Henri Christophe became King of Haiti by creating a kingdom in the North and had himself proclaimed Henry I, King of Haïti.
While it is only speculated, the idea that Haiti's King Henri I, Henri Christophe, was not even from the country (scholars think he was from Grenada), has long prevailed. Whatever his origins, he would become ruler of Haiti after working as a sailor, a waiter, a mason, and in other, various fields of manual labor. It was during the Haitian Revolution that he rose like the proverbial cream, when he became the brigadier general for the revolution's hero, Toussaint L'Ouverture, in 1802.« Previous · Next »