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VIDEO | The First and Last King of Haiti



How a man enslaved at birth rose through the ranks to become king.

The royal couple of Haiti rode into their coronation to thunderous applause. After receiving his ornate crown, Henry Christophe ascended his throne, towering 20 meters in the air. But little did the cheering onlookers know that the first king of Haiti would also be its last. Who was this revolutionary?

TED-Ed Lesson by Marlene Daut, directed by Cabong Studios.

The Creators

  • Character Designer Daniel Freire da Silva
  • Storyboard Artist Allan Dantas
  • Animator Jessé Alves, Rafael Almeida
  • Illustrator Ricke Ito
  • Composer Matheus Wittmann
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler, Alex Gendler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-checker Eden Girma
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