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Antoine Simon

Francois C. Antoine Simon

Francois C. Antoine Simon

The 18th Haitian President François C. Antoine Simon was born on October 10, 1843. As a President, his first and most important policy decision was to introduce an appeasement policy that allowed many exiled Haitians to return homeland. He realized that Haiti can be self sufficient only if the agricultural production of sugar and banana can be increased and export can be boosted. He understood the necessity of infrastructural connectivity through railway network. But unfortunately his dream never materialized due to lack of sponsor. Because, his poorly prepared negotiation agreement with the foreign financiers had many conditional issues on repayment which were unattractive to the bankers. In contrast, his plans instead of bringing benefits created more evils--to satisfy American planters, Haitian banana growers were taxed; electrification and paving of the streets of the capital city increased the import bill through increased number of imported cars. The political unrest became so serious that his once minister, General Cincinnatus Leconte, took advantage of the situation and lead a coup d'état against him. The General succeeded on his second attempt to oust President Simon from power.

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Francois C. Antoine Simon, President of Haiti

Francois C. Antoine Simon, President of Haiti

François C. Antoine Simon was the Haitian President from December 6, 1908 to August 3, 1911. He led a rebellion against his predecessor Pierre Nord Alexis to succeed him as President. He was born in a town called Savane near Les Cayes.

François C. Antoine Simon started his career as a municipal police officer. Thereafter he joined army as an officer. There he was promoted to the post of Troop Commander in 1883 and Colonel in 1887. He became the aide-de-camp of the President Tirésias Simon Sam between 1886 and 1902 and was lastly promoted to General.

As a General François C. Antoine Simon revolted against Pierre Nord Alexis and became the President of Haiti. President Simon had very little formal education but through a six member cabinet committee he had planned and introduced many beneficial reforms for the development and rebuilding of Haiti.

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Antoine Simon, President of Haiti

Antoine Simon, President of Haiti

Here is a picture of the Haitian PresidenFrancois C. Antoine Simon. He was born on 10 October 1843 in the city of Les Cayes in the South. The date of his death is not certain; however he died either on 10 January or 10 March 1923 in Les Cayes.

Antoine Simon was originally from the town of Savane. He was a police officer and then went to the Haitian army as an officer.

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Antoine Simon born October 10th, 1843 in Les Cayes

Antoine Simon born October 10th, 1843 in Les Cayes

Les Cayes is a city located on the south coast of the Haitian Tiburon Peninsula. It is a place that has weathered epidemics, piracy, mass killings, and natural and man-made disasters.

It is most famously known as a logistic spot for weapons and armies that helped Simon Bolivar conquer Spanish invaders in Venezuela, which led to South America's liberation.

Les Cayes is the main export center in the south for sugar, coffee, bananas, cotton, timber, and rawhide.

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Antoine Simon and his National Railroad Project

Antoine Simon and his National Railroad Project

One of the major goals of President Antoine Simon was to build a railroad linking Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitian.

To make this possible, Antoine Simon contracted with American companies such as "MacDonald Contract" to build a railway line between Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. Included in that contract was the cultivation and export of sugar and bananas by the Haitian American Sugar Company. That same contract led to the paving of streets and electrification of Port-au-Prince which facilitate car transportation in Haiti.

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Antoine Simon, Haiti Leader

Antoine Simon, Haiti Leader

This is Haitian president Antoine Simon. On 6 December 1908, he was appointed successor to President Alexis.

This president had little formal education himself but managed to put around hime some of the most qualified individuals.
His advisory group consisting of influential men.

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