Editor says, what if the Haitian rebel leader Dessalines had survived the assassination attempt? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Dessalines was slain by his assassins in 1806. Haiti was split between Christophe's kingdom in the north (modeled after Fredrick the Great's Prussia) and Pétion's republic to the south. The two would unite after Christophe's suicide from the pressure of unruly people, and instability would haunt Haiti with 32 coups in its 200 years amid numerous factions. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.