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"So bad had been the conditions of the slaves working on the sugar, coffee and cotton plantations in Haiti under theFrench colonists, that the entire population had to be replaced every 20 years.


It would seem that, slave born, King Henry Christophe I the man who lewd Haiti to its independence, continued the suffering of his subjects first by building a large palace lavishly furnished from Europe. Then by building his citadel, a monumental fortress, perced 2900' up on top of a mountain about 20 miles inland from Cap Haitien. The citadel took 15 years to build and it is believed some 20,000 men died and hundreds of others suffered cruel hardship pulling stones, cannons and supplies up the steep track for its construction. Shortly after its completion Christophe committed suicide and was buried in the courtyard in the centre of his citadel, but after that it was never used." - MH


After suffering a stroke, and troubled by mutinous staff it is said Christophe ended his life with a shot to his heart with a silver bullet.

Port International du Cap Haitien, 1976

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints:Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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