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Petion-Ville, Haiti

Petion-Ville, Haiti

Here is a picture of the city of Petion-Ville in Haiti.

Petion-Ville, Haiti
The city of Petion Ville is located on the outskirts of the capital city, Port au Prince. The city, founded in 1831, was named after former president Alexandre Petion. Previously a suburban area to the east of Port au Prince, Petion Ville is now the centre of tourism and commerce in the area. Also a residential area especially for the affluent class of the society, it can be regarded as the wealthiest city in Haiti. Many international banks, hotels and embassies are located in Petion Ville. In 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the area, disrupting the progress of the city. The city has gradually recovered from the damage caused to the trade, commerce and infrastructure. The social life of Petion Ville is not far behind in any respect. Besides a very active night life in the presence of various bars and casinos, a number of top class restaurants, boutiques and art galleries can be found in here.

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Alexandre Petion and Haiti land reform

Alexandre Petion and Haiti land reform

Alexandre Petion has introduced a land reform following the independence of Haiti that many would agree has cost the country a great deal.

Christophe went to the north and Pétion took the southern Republic of Haiti. One major act by Alexandre Pétion was land redistribution. He seized commercial plantations from the rich and had the land redistributed to his supporters and the peasantry.

In the short term, that earned him lot of respect and appreciation by the beneficiaries. He earned the nickname Papa Bon-C"ur "good-hearted father" as a result.

The land seizures and redistribution ended up reducing the production of commodities for the export economy. As a result, most of the population became subsistence farmers. Exports and state revenue declined sharply.

A look at the present land ownership situation in Haiti would make one think about this original decision

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Jean Jacques Dessalines, Alexandre Petion in Quito, Ecuador

Jean Jacques Dessalines, Alexandre Petion in Quito, Ecuador

A new "Haiti Plaza" proudly located in the square of the capital capitol city in Quito to honor two of Haitian leaders and the flame of 1804. In May 2015, Ecuador unveiled the statues of Haitian forefathers, Jean Jacques Dessalines who was the first president of Haiti after its independence and Alexandre Pétion considered as the Father of Pan-Americanism, and the statue of a flame with the inscription of "Haiti 1804".

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, on a new plaza, located on the square of the capital city Quito, Ecuador unveiled two statues of Haitian forefathers, Jean Jacques Dessalines, the first President of Haiti after its independence and Alexandre Pétion, the second President of Haiti and Father of the Pan-Americanism. There was another statue of a flame with the inscription of "Haiti 1804". As their affiliation with ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America), Haiti and Ecuador both enjoy pretty good relation. Ecuador is a core member of ALBA, and Haiti is an observer state. Their bilateral relation centers on the immigration policy, as Haitian immigration to Ecuador has increased dramatically. Ecuador is a good contributor of several development and stabilization projects in Haiti. Since Martelly's last visit to Ecuador in July 2012, the two nations have deepened bilateral relations and cooperation in areas such as health, migration, education, air transport, technology and infrastructure.

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Mary Magdalene, companion of Alexandre Petion

Mary Magdalene, companion of Alexandre Petion

Here is a picture of Mary Magdalene. She was thecompanion of Haitian President Alexandre Petion.

Alexandre Pétion was a moderate mixed-race revolutionary leader. After the death of Dessalines, Alexandre Pétion was elected as the president of southern Haiti in 1807 and reelected in 1811 and fearing a lack of political power, he turned his post into President for Life in 1816. He seized the commercial lands from rich gentry and distributed that to his supporters in small plots. However, this resulted huge loss in export revenues from the agricultural commodities and the farmers became full subsistence farmers. His outlook was influenced by the ideals of French liberalism, he believed in the importance of education in human life. Today, we can see his portrait on the Haitian 500 gourdes currency.

He joined the French army to reconquer the colony, but became one of the first Haitian officers to revolt against the French. He revolted against the rule of Jean-Jacques Dessalines who played a major role in ousting the French. Dessalines was a black nationalist ruler and

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Letter from Alexandre Petion 1816

Letter from Alexandre Petion 1816

Here is a letter written by Haitian President Alexandre Petion in 1816

Alexandre Sabès Pétion (April 2, 1770 -March 29. 1818) is remembered by the Haitians as one of the greatest independence leaders, a liberal ruler and the first President (1807) of the Republic of Haiti till his death. He was born as Anne-Alexandre Sabes. According to Dantes Bellegarde, a Haitian historian, "Petion", was a nickname given to him. He is also remembered by the Latin Americans (Venezuela, Colombia and other countries in South America) for his support and sanctuary offered to the Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar during his struggle for independence from Spain in 1815.

Alexandre Pétion was born in Port-au-Prince to a wealthy French and a Mulatresse Haitian mother and studied at the Military Academy in Paris, but came back to take part in the expulsion of the British (1798-99) from Saint-Domingue. He served the French colonial army before the French Revolution. Thereafter, before joining the force of mulatto general André Rigaud, he joined the revolutionary troops of Toussaint Louverture. André Rigaud had much respect for Toussaint Louverture as the leading general of the former black slaves of the North but did not want to concede power in the South to him.

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Could a marriage between Celimene Dessalines and Alexandre Petion spare the Emperor?

Could a marriage between Celimene Dessalines and Alexandre Petion spare the Emperor?

The slave revolution in Saint Domingue (Haiti) could not have been possible without a union of Blacks and Mulatos in the island. After Haiti's independence, the leader of the revolution, Jean-Lacques Dessalines, had this great idea that his daughter could help bridge the gap between Alexandre Petion and himself by proposing that his daughter would marry Alexandre Petion, the Leader of the Mulato force who fought side by side with him. He also saw this as a way to bring both Blacks and Mulatos together.

Marie Françoise Célimène Dessalines was born on October 2, 1789. She was the daughter of Jean-Jacques Jacques I. Dessalines , the first Emperor of Haiti and Marie-Claire Happy Bliss GUILLAUME , Empress consort of Haiti. At the time, she was romantically involved with young Captain Chancy, a nephew of Toussaint Louverture.

It was reported that the marriage proposition between Marie Françoise Célimène Dessalines and Alexandre Petion was declined by Petion. He would later, according to some historians, take part of the assassination plot against Jean-Jacques Dessalines.

Could the marriage between Célimène and Pétion actually saved Emperor Dessalines' life?

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Alexandre Petion

Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Alexandre Petion

Here is a picture of two Haitian leaders: Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Alexandre Petion. In public protest that took place in November 2013, the race issue cameback as the people protesting took their fight to the affluent city of Petion-Ville.

The anti-government protest became violent as those opposed to the demonstration threw stones and Police fired tear gas

As the protest took the turn to go to Petion-Ville, many stated that "Dessalines was visiting Petion".

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Serment des Ancetres Painting

Serment des Ancetres Painting

Here is a picture of the Famous Haitian painting Serment des Ancetres.

This artwork was produced in 1822 by artist Guillaume Guillon-Lethière (1760-1830). , the painting "Serment des Ancêtres". This painting is considered as symbolism of the historic meeting between Alexandre Petion and general Jean-Jacques Dessalines

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Venezuelan President Nicolas - Alexandre Petion downtown Port-au-Prince

Venezuelan President Nicolas - Alexandre Petion downtown Port-au-Prince

The head of state of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, officially toured Haiti for the first time after becoming President. It was his first official visit to the Caribbean nation after the former Venezuelan President, late Hugo Chavez visited Haiti in 2007. Maduro spent the entire day with the Haitian President Michel Martelly and the two wore white guayaberas. Both the Presidents were accompanied by their respective wives. Maduro went to downtown Port-au-Prince before reaching the Presidential grounds in Haiti and viewed a statue located in public plaza. He also visited a museum before the official talks between the two Presidents started on the grounds where the National Palace stood before the 2010 earthquake.

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Alexandre Petion attempted to divided country

Alexandre Petion attempted to divided country

Here is a picture of former Haitian President Alexandre Petion

His presidency of Haiti from 1806 until his death in 1818. Petion is considered as one of Haiti's founding fathers beside other people such as Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Henri Christophe.

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