King Henri Christophe and Haiti

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On June 10th, 1767, Henri Christophe was born. He was an enslaved West African and became an early Black king in the Western Hemisphere (Haiti).

Christophe was born on the island of Grenada, a British colony. His parents were Africans who were enslaved and taken to Grenada with thousands of other West Africans to work in the sugar industry. These West Africans in the sugar industry were known for their fierce and determined nature to resist the white institution of slavery. The revolutionary nature of Henri Christophe has its roots deeply embedded in his African ancestry. Christophe’s obstinate nature led his father to ‘sell his services’ to a French ship’s captain as a cabin boy, before had reached the age of ten.

The ship’s captain sold Henri to a French sugar planter in the French province on the island of Saint Dominique called Haiti, which was a…

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