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The national heroes of Haiti include Pierre Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743–1803), the Precursor; Jean Jacques Dessalines (1758–1806), who defeated Napoleon's army and proclaimed Haitian independence; Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770–1818), first president of the republic established in southern Haiti; and Henri Christophe (1767–1820), king of Haiti (1811–20), who built the famous Citadelle and Sans Souci Palace. François Duvalier ("Papa Doc," 1907–71), originally trained as a physician, was elected president in 1957 and in 1964 became president for life. His son Jean-Claude Duvalier (b.1951) inherited his father's title in 1971 but was ousted in 1986.

John James Audubon (1785–1851), an artist and ornithologist, was born in Haiti. The writers Éméric Bergeaud (1818–58), Oswald Durand (1840–1906), Philippe Thoby-Marcelin (1904–75), Jacques Roumain (1907–44), and Jean Fernand Brierre (b.1909) have won international literary recognition. Noted poets include the dramatist Pierre Faubert (1803–68), Corolian Ardouin (1812–35), Alibée Féry (1819–96), and Charles-Seguy Villavaleix (1835–1923). Haitian artists include the sculptor Edmond Laforestière (1837–1904); the primitive painter Héctor Hippolyte (1890–1948), leader of the Afro-Art Renaissance in the Caribbean; Wilson Bigaud (b. 1931); and Jacques Enguérrand Gourge (1931–1996). Haitian composers include Occide Jeanty (1860–1936) and Justin Elie (1883–1931); Ludovic Lamothe (1882–1953) used voodoo music in his compositions.

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Oct 14, 2008 @ 5:17 pm
thank you so much for having this information.it is very useful and hopefully others will come to notice that.also thanks because this means alot to me for me to even see this because where i live, the people enjoy treating us bad just because of how haiti is right now.if i wasn't so young i would definitely help my people of haiti,like what wyclef jean is doing because seeing haiti like that brings me to tears just to know that i can't help them till i'm older(which may be in 10yrs.)and all that time people i could of help has already gone.it is just sad and hopefully Gods' willing one day i may fall into wyclefs' footsteps and help Haiti.
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Sep 21, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
Really informative page... as a Haitian writer, poet and lover of My Haitian Heritage it makes me so proud to read about all those people who have played a huger role on Haiti's culture... I really enjoyed reading this page

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