During the government of Fabre Nicolas Geffrard, he encouraged the immigration of African-American, specially Catholic farmers from Louisiana who had familiarity with Vodou.
Between 1859 and 1860, an estimated 500 black Louisianans immigrated to Haiti. Geffrard appointed James Redpath to attract immigrants to the island
This was a policy of the Haitian Emperor Faustin Soulouque
Emigration Policy toward African American.
Following the previous policy of Jean-Pierre Boyer, new efforts to settle African Americans in Haiti were launched by Emperor Faustin Soulouque in 1855 on the settling of African Americans in the island of Haiti
The government of Jean-Pierre Boyer implemented a policy called the Society for Promoting the Emigration of Free Persons of Color to Haiti.
During the government of Jean-Pierre Boyer, The Haitian government made an appeal to the Black American to come and settle in Haiti. The government offered incentive such as free trips and 10 pounds of coffee per family upon their arrival in Haiti. Additionally, the new immigrants would receive three acres of land and money.