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The Institut de la Maison Imperiale d'Haiti believes that both history and contemporary experience prove that Monarchy has been, is, and will continue to be of inestimable value in establishing and maintaining stability, welfare and dignity of all countries. In Spain, for example, the restoration of the Monarchy ensured a tranquil transition to democracy, and the people of many other countries see a return to Constitutional Monarchy as their way forward to establishing the free society that has been denied under extreme regimes of the Left or Right. The world’s most stable nations are Monarchies. The constancy and political impartiality inherent in a soundly based Monarchy secures for its people freedom from civil or military dictatorship and ensures a genuine concern for the welfare of the entire community. A monarch stands above politics, not owing allegiance to any political party or group, and not beholden to any business interest which might fund a presidential campaign. A monarch is able to unite a nation by representing all races, creeds, classes and political beliefs, because a monarch does not have to curry favour for votes from any section of the community. A monarch is invariably more widely popular than an Executive President, who can be elected by less than 50% of the electorate and may therefore represent less than half of the people. Elected presidents are concerned more with their own political futures and power. Monarchs are not subject to the influences which corrupt short-term presidents. A monarch looks back on centuries of history and forward to the well-being of the entire nation under his heir. By retaining certain constitutional powers, or at least denying them to others, a monarch is the safeguard against civil or military dictatorship. Sir Winston Churchill said that had the Kaiser still been German Head of State after 1918, Hitler could not have come to power, or at least not remained there. In Italy, when in 1943 he had the opportunity to do so, King Victor Emmanuel removed Mussolini from office. Romania’s King Michael dismissed the dictator Antonescu and transferred his country from Axis to the Allies, for which he was decorated by the Great Powers, and in Bulgaria King Boris III (although obliged to enter the war on the side of the Axis), bravely refused to persecute Bulgarian Jews and would not commit his forces outside his country’s borders. As we have seen in Spain and Thailand, monarchs have succeeded in defending democracy against the threat of permanent military take-over. Even Royal Families which are not reigning are dedicated to the service of their people, and continue to be regarded as the symbol of the nation. Prominent examples are H.R.H. the Duke of Braganza in Portugal and H.R.H. the Count of Paris in France. Royal Families forced to live in exile are often promoters of charities formed to help their countries. (Source: International Monarchist League).

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere because of her history, her present social structures which grew out of her history and because she is caught in the impossible competition of modern economics.

Haiti needs the help of goodwilled people everywhere. Monarchy can provide the avenue for stability. We therefore believe that Haiti will profit from becoming a monarchy.
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Any 'grass roots' support for a Hatian Monarchy?
Whom would be the committe's choice for King?


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Not at the moment. There are some claimants which prefer to remain anonymous. I think a monarch should have the support of the people. Perhaps the monarch should be chosen entirely by the people. Ideas very welcome!
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In my opinion, a monarch would need ties to the Royal Houses of the Past, to establish a new Monarchy the 'old way' by conquest is likely to be meet with resistance these days.

I'm not well versed in Hati's past, but perhaps a descendent of Toussaint, or a descendent of one of the Noble Houses in the 'old continents' of Africa or Europe would be worth considering.


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I fully agree that it might be wise to have some historical backup for a candidate. However it must be stressed that ancient lineage was never the case in Haitian monarchy. See e.g.:

http://www.4dw.net/royalark/Haiti/haiti.htm

 

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http://homepage.mac.com/stlazare/Haiti/

 

 

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Your Haitian Monarchy home page looks very good.

It does appear that all the dynasties were short lived, perhaps, as you mention on the web site, the Haitian people should look to the future, and find their Monarch in the one who can bring stability, the rule-of-law, and hope to the people.

I wish you well.



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personally i dont think the monarch should be a descendent of toussaint, since he was never a monarch, nor ever de jure leader of an independent haiti. i would suggest a descendent of one of haitis monarchs, if there is one alive today. does anybody know if there is? also i came to think that when the monarchy is restored in haiti, what about making aysien or haitian creole the language of the court? could it perhaps make the people of haiti feel more that the monarch really represents them? or would it be a bad idea?

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Membership
Membership of the Institute is open to all who may qualify under its rules and requires the submission of an application and payment of a donation. The only rank is that of member. The Institute is a confraternal society which does not claim any historical link. It is not an Order of chivalry. Please send an email for further details.

Members obtain a certificate and medal ribbon. The Institute donates money to HaitiChildren.com. It is not in any way however affiliated with HaitiChildren.com.

The aims of our Institute are to achieve, through voluntary practice, the following results:
1. The practice and promotion of charity to the poor in Haiti.
2. Demonstration of that compassion best exemplified by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
3. Monarchy in Haiti.

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personally i dont think the monarch should be a descendent of toussaint, since he was never a monarch, nor ever de jure leader of an independent haiti. i would suggest a descendent of one of haitis monarchs, if there is one alive today. does anybody know if there is? also i came to think that when the monarchy is restored in haiti, what about making aysien or haitian creole the language of the court? could it perhaps make the people of haiti feel more that the monarch really represents them? or would it be a bad idea?

I don't think it would be possible for any descendants of Toussaint to claim the throne, unless they married into one of the other royal/imperial families. However, I do have a question regarding succession. Would natural children have the right to claim? I'll take for example the descendants of Nord Pierre Alexis. Through his mother, he was the grandson of King Henry I. But, his mother was the product of previous relationship. I'm not sure if Henry's heirs are alive today, but I know for sure Alexis family still live in both Haiti and the United States. So, could they make a claim?

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In the Commonwealth, generally speaking, only legitimate descendants can be considered as heirs.  There is precedent for 'recognized' illegitimate offspring being heirs however. 

The mother's parentage wouldn't matter (I don' think), as long as she was lawfully wed to the father at the time of conception and birth.

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I have small questions concerning the Haitian general Sylvain Salnave.

 

Did it really reign? Under which name? Of which date on which date? Who were its partisans?

 

Thank you very much

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Some authorities, including Haydn's Dictionary of Dates, state that President Sylvane Salnave was proclaimed as Emperor in 1868. However, there is some doubt and confusion over this matter since the country was in considerble turmoil at that time.

1868 - 1870 H.I.M. Sylvain I, Emperor of Haiti. b. at Haut du Cap, 7th February 1826, son of Jean-Baptiste Salnave, by Fillette, née Ragonse. Led a rebellion against President Geffrard 7th May 1865, took Cap-Haiti 9th May 1865 and assumed control, 27th March 1867. Nominated Protector by the Constitutional Assembly, 4th May 1867 and President for Life 16th June 1867. Proclaimed as Emperor of Haiti as Sylvain I, August 1868. Defeated by republican forces and forced to flee into the hinterland, 18th December 1868. Captured, tried and condemned to death in 1870. m. Wilmina Delacourse. He was k. at Port-au-Prince, 15th January 1870, having had issue, at least three sons and two daughters, including:
1) Victor Salnave.
2) Félix Salnave. m. Julia Depestre.
3) Albert Salnave.
4) Marie-Louise Rosa. m. (first) Gervais Anathas Piquion. m. (second) Anténor Firman (b. 1850; d. at St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, 19th September 1910). She had issue, one son and one daughter by her second husband:
a) Eberle Firman.
a) Anna Firman. She d. at Paris, France, 1902.

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The Imperial and Military Order of the Cross of Saint Faustin (Ordre Imperiale et Militaire de la Croix de Saint-Faustin) was founded by Emperor Faustin I on 21st December 1850. It was awarded for outstanding valour and exceptional military services in three classes (1. Grand Cross, 2. Commander, and 3. Knight). Obsolete 1859.
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College of Arms

THE ARMORIAL OF HAITI

In 2007 the College of Arms is planning to publish in full colour one of its most intriguing and unusual manuscripts, the Armorial Général du Royaume d'Hayti. The price of the resulting volume on publication will be £45, but those who subscribe to the book in advance of publication can take advantage of a special offer of £29.25 plus package and posting, as well as having their names included in the list of subscribers in the book. There is a publicity leaflet giving full details of the project and offer (this is in PDF format, requiring Adobe Reader). Hard copies of the leaflet can be obtained on request from enquiries@college-of-arms.gov.uk. For the full terms and conditions relating to the offer.

http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/WhatsNew.htm

 

 

 

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in the book "the white king of la gonave" there is mentioned an "emperor salamon" of haiti in the 19th century i think. but i have never heard of any emperor by that name. i can only find a president with that name. does anyone know if that president declared himself emperor? or did an emperor salamon exist? also i think i once read that francois duvalier declared himself emperor. does anyone know if that is true?

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