Browse the Gazette Royale d’Hayti, 1813-1820

The president of northern Haiti, Henry Christophe, changed his title to king and established a monarchy on March 26, 1811. It is not known exactly when the state-run newspaper’s title changed to reflect the new form of governance. The last issue of the Gazette Officielle that appears on this website was published in January 1811. We do not currently have any other issues from 1811 or any single issue from 1812. By July 1813, however, we observe that the newspaper now appears as the Gazette Royale d’Hayti. Most likely sometime between 1815 and 1816, the northern kingdom’s most visible writer, Baron de Vastey, would assume editorship of the state-run paper, replacing the Gazette‘s longtime editor, the poet and playwright, Juste Chanlatte.

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July 22, 1813 22 Juillet 1813

The fact that we have no known issues of the northern government’s newspaper dating from...

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July 26, 1813 • 0 Comments 26 Juillet 1813

This entire issue describes the "fête" of the Royal Prince, Victor Henry, which was celebrated...

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January 5, 1814 5 Janvier 1814

One of the longest issues in our collection, with eight pages, the first of the...

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January 27, 1814 27 Janvier 1814

One thing readers may immediately observe is the irregularity with which La Gazette is now...

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April 30, 1814 30 Avril 1814

The first article of this issue is focused on Haiti's robust trade, briefly, but proudly,...

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August 16, 1814 16 Août 1814

This issue rather gleefully announces the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy, not because the government...

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November 19, 1814 19 Novembre 1814

Readers will notice with this issue that the epigraph of La Gazette Royale has once again...

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April 17, 1815 17 Avril 1815

Importantly, this issue contains a reprint of an article from Peltier's L'Ambigu, which itself had printed...

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June 2, 1815 2 Juin 1815

This issue reports Napoleon Bonaparte's escape from the island of Elba where he had been...

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June 13, 1815 13 Juin 1815

This issue begins by reporting the abolition of the slave trade, not slavery, in France...

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June 29, 1815 29 Juin 1815

This article begins with a condemnation of Pétion as a traitor to Haiti, accusing him...

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May 24, 1816 24 Mai 1816

This issue marks yet another (and the final known) change to the epigraph, which is...

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