Explore Haiti’s Early Print Culture

The division of early nineteenth-century Haiti into two separately governed states led to the creation of competing printing presses under Henry Christophe in the north and Alexandre Pétion in the south and west. Here, you can journey through the northern government of Haiti’s official newspapers and explore its yearly almanacs. Remnants of a robust culture of print, these rare documents, collected from archives across Europe, the Caribbean, and North America, are presented together and in full text for the first time.

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Click on the links below to journey through two of Haiti’s earliest newspapers:

Each publication is available in its original format (PDF) along with a transcribed version.

Recognize a name or event? Please let us know by annotating the text’s transcription or by leaving us a comment below.

Who’s Who in Early Nineteenth-Century Haiti?

The Royal Kingdom of Hayti also produced yearly almanacs. These publications contain vast numbers of names of Haiti’s inhabitants and visitors, offering a rich repository of information about both the ordinary and extraordinary people who lived in or visited the country in the early nineteenth century.

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Read the almanacs!

Project Team:

 

Principal Investigator: Marlene L. Daut, Associate professor of African Diaspora Studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia.

Transcription: Denise Groce, Claremont Graduate University; and Marlene L. Daut

Get In Touch

Comments? Questions? Found an early Haitian newspaper that you’d like to share?

E: mld9b@virginia.edu
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Learn more about the print culture of the Haitian Revolution at the Haitian Revolutionary Fictions Website.