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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August 27, 1816 27 Août 1816

The primary article of this issue reveals to a large extent the northern government of...

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October 17, 1816 17 Octobre 1816

One element readers may immediately notice here is the absence of an issue number, making...

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October 27, 1816 27 Octobre 1816

The first article in this issue details the infamous episode of the Sidney Crispin, a...

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January 9, 1817 9 Janvier 1817

In the course of describing the customary celebrations that take place in January every year,...

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June 19, 1817 19 Juin 1817

One crucial point that issue number 2 of the year 1817 reveals is how irregular...

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July 30, 1817 30 Juillet 1817

The opening article, drawn from a Jamaican newspaper, describes a conspiracy, by several members of...

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August 14, 1817 14 Août 1817

This issue begins with further descriptions of the funeral services held for Christophe's nephew, Prince...

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October 10, 1817 10 Octobre 1817

Today's issue is the ninth to appear in 1817, meaning that there were three additional...

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January 15, 1818 15 Janvier 1818

This entire issue (save the list of prices for commodities at the very end) is...

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January 25, 1818 25 Janvier 1818

This entire issue consists of a chart designed to list the sale of plantations that...

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March 31, 1818 31 Mars 1818

The opening article here describes a celebration held for the seventh anniversary of the founding...

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October 15, 1818 15 Octobre 1818

Announcing that several different newspapers have arrived from London, covering the period from July 28th...

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November 5, 1818 5 Novembre 1818

One article printed here discusses the state of the Citadelle after the fire of August...

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December 28, 1818 28 Décembre 1818

The first and primary article announces the creation of the Chambre Royale d'Instruction Publique, or...

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September 10, 1819 10 Septembre 1819

The final newspaper in our collection, this issue reveals that Henry’s son, Prince Victor Henry,...

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