Mulattoes Revolt in Haiti 1858-1859

[ 1858 - 1859 ]

[In 1847] Faustin Elie Soulouque (1785-1867), a former black slave, became Haiti's president, and in 1849, he proclaimed himself emperor as Faustin I. An extremely repressive ruler, with a lavish court, he failed several times to conquer the neighboring Dominican Republic and was finally deposed in a bloody revolt (1858-59), mainly by mulattoes who had once backed him but whom he had turned against. Soulouque fled into exile, and one of his generals, Nicholas Fabre Geffrard (1806-79), who led the revolt, declared a republic, became president, and tried to institute needed reforms with little success. Counterrevolutionaries constantly disrupted his government, which was recognized by the United States in 1862.

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