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All I could find was that Lysius Felicite Salomon was Duke of Saint Louis du Sud. Of Duvalier I could not find anything on the matter.


The Records of the General Prosecutor's Office and the registers of the public notaries of the district and municipality of Jeremie document the administration of justice, trade, various social relations and patterns of life under colonial rule and during the formative years after independence. These records consist primarily of correspondence between the General Prosecutor's office and the Civil Court judges in the district of Jeremie, financial reports, minutes of proceedings, police reports and deeds of property. Included is one A.L.S.* (1852) from Lysius Felicite Salomon, Duke of Saint Louis du Sud and Finance Minister in the administration of Emperor Faustin Soulouque, a famed economist and future president of Haiti, dealing with the issuing of licenses and naturalization papers to foreign traders [1:9].** These documents also reflect the peculiar situation of the city of Jeremie vis a vis the rest of the colony. Jeremie was under British rule from 1794 to 1798, and while the General Emancipation Act of 1793 had freed the slaves throughout French San Domingo, deeds of property and registers of the parrish and municipality of Jeremie in that period document the uninterrupted traffic and ownership of slaves [8:5, 6, 7].

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thank you very much. though i suppose that in case francois duvalier had declared himself emperor, his name as emperor would probably have been francois I and not duvalier I. the emailaddress for the armorial of haiti, seems not to work. i tried to send a mail in vain. do you have one that works?


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A visitor of the Institute's website asked me the following question:

"I am interested in obtaining some information about Soulouque, as part of my efforts to translate a novel from French into English, in which there is a passage about Soulouque ordering a crown to be made by a French jeweler by the name of Monsieur Josse. I would like to know if such letter is still in existence, and, if so, if it can be consulted. Could you direct me to a person or organization that might be able to provide me with information on this matter."

Can anyone help?

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College of Arms


Those who believe that the services of the College of Arms may be of use to them should send their enquiries to the officer in waiting, or to a particular officer of arms if he is known to the enquirer.

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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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I find this interesting! I didn't know Haiti had a monarchy or has claimants to Haiti.

     I wonder if the Haitian claimants are concerned about Haiti's problems with poverty and HIV related problems. I have heard that Haiti has lots of problems for a long time with the issues.

      I do wish luck for success for the Haitian monarchist cause!


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I support the restoration of the Haitian Empire (Haiti and Dominican Republic) under an Emperor and Imperial Family. The best family to be the Imperial Family of Haiti (Haiti and Dominican Republic) is the Soulouque Dynasty who were the Family of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Faustin I.

To the Haitian Monarchists a question

Are their any decedents of the man who would have succeed His Imperial Majesty Emperor Faustin I, His Imperial Highness Prince Mainvill who can claim the Imperial throne of the Haitian Empire?

If their are no Soulouque's left then I support the decedents of His Majesty King Henri Christophe.

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Yes, there are decedents of the man who would have succeed His Imperial Majesty Emperor Faustin I.

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would you be able to give a list of the heirs/pretenders to the haitian throne after faustin I, and how they are related? on the royalark it doesnt say anything after the death of Mainvill.


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-> last name: soulouque
-> Pedigree Resource File


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thanks, but this doesnt bring us much further. last person mentioned is the daughter of mainville born 1870. so it still seems that there exist no records of any descendents of the emperor being alive today.


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Perhaps Haiti could put the Count of Paris on its throne, given its francophonic heritage. Sort of like how Belize has Elizabeth II as its Queen.

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Belize didn't leave the commonwealth via revolt, but the idea does have merit.....

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The Haitian people proclaim this constitution in order to:

Ensure their inalienable and imprescriptible rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; in conformity with the Act of Independence of 1804 and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1948.

Constitute a socially just, economically free, and politically independent Haitian nation.

Establish a strong and stable State, capable of protecting the country's values, traditions, sovereignty, independence and national vision.

Implant democracy, which entails ideological pluralism and political rotation and affirm the inviolable rights of the Haitian people.

Strengthen national unity by eliminating all discrimination between the urban and rural populations, by accepting the community of languages and culture and by recognizing the right to progress, information, education, health, employment and leisure for all citizens.

Ensure the separation and the harmonious distribution of the powers of the State at the service of the fundamental interests and priorities of the Nation.

Set up a system of government based on fundamental liberties, and the respect for human rights, social peace, economic equity, concerted action and participation of all the people in major decisions affecting the life of a nation, through effective decentralization.


The Kingdom of Haiti

Its emblem and its symbols

The Kingdom of Haiti

Haiti is an indivisible, sovereign, independent, cooperatist, free, democratic and social Kingdom.

The city of Port-au-Prince is the capital and the seat of government. This seat may be moved elsewhere for reasons of force majeure.

The national colors shall be blue and red.

The emblem of the Haitian Nation shall be a flag with the following description:
a. Two (2) equal sized horizontal bands: a blue one on top and a red one underneath;

b. The coat of arms of the Kingdom are: a Palette surmounted by the royal crown, and under the palms a trophy with the legend: In Union there is Strength

The national motto is: Liberty; Equality, Fraternity.

The national anthem shall be the "Dessalinienne."

All Haitians are united by a common language: Creole.
Creole and French are the official languages of the Kingdom

The monetary unit shall be the gourde, which is divided into centimes.

The cult of the personality is categorically forbidden. Effigies and names of living personages may not appear on the currency, stamps, seals, public buildings, streets or works of art.

Use of effigies of deceased persons must be approved by the Legislature.

Territory of the Haitian Kingdom

The territory of the Haitian Kingdom comprises:
a. The western part of the island of Haiti and the adjacent island of la Geneva, La Tortue, I'Ile à Vache, les Cayemittes, La Navase, La Grande Caye and the other islands of the Territorial Sea;

b)It is bounded on the east by the Dominican Republic, on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south and west by the Caribbean Sea or Sea of the Antilles;

c. The air space over the land sea of the Kingdom.

The territory of the Haitian Kingdom is inviolable and may not be alienated either in whole or in part by any treaty or convention.

The territory of the Kingdom is divided and subdivided into Departments, Arrondissements, Comunes, Quartiers and Comunal actions.

The law determines the number and boundaries of these divisions and subdivisions, and regulates their organization and operation.



The King

The King is elected in direct universal suffrage by an absolute majority of votes. If that majority is not obtained in the first election, a second election is held.
Only the two (2) candidates who, if such be the case, after the withdrawal of more favored candidates, have received the largest number of votes in the first election may run in the second election.

ARTICLE 134-1:
The term of the King is fifty (50) years. This term begins and ends on the February 7 following the date of the elections.

ARTICLE 134-2:
Election shall take place the last Sunday of November in the fifth year of the King's term.

ARTICLE 134-3:
The King may be re-elected.

To be elected King of Haiti, a candidate must:
a. Be a native-born Haitian and never have renounced Haitian nationality;

b. Have attained thirty-five (35) years of age by the election day;

c. Enjoy civil and political rights and never have been sentenced to death, personal restraint or penal servitude or the loss of civil rights for a crime of ordinary law;

d. Be the owner in Haiti of at least one real property and have his habitual residence in the country;

e. Have resided in the country for five (5) consecutive years before the date of the elections;

f. Have been relieved of this responsibilities if he has been handling public funds.

ARTICLE 135-1:
Before taking office, the King shall take the following oath before the National Assembly: "I swear before God and the Nation faithfully to observe and enforce the Constitution and the laws of the Kingdom, to respect and cause to be respected the rights of the Haitian people, to work for the greatness of the country, and to maintain the nation's independence and the integrity of its territory".


Duties of the King

The King, who is the Head of State, shall see to the respect for and enforcement of the Constitution and the stability of the institutions. He shall ensure the regular operations of the public authorities and the continuity of the State.

The King shall choose a Prime Minister from among the members of the majority party of the Parliament. In the absence of such a majority, the King shall choose his Prime Minister in consultation with the King of the Senate and the King of the House of Deputies.
In either case, the King's choice must be ratified by the Parliament.

ARTICLE 137-1:
The King shall terminate the duties of the Prime Minister upon the letter's submission of the Government's resignation.

The King is the guarantor of the nation's independence and the integrity of its territory.

He shall negotiate and sign all international treaties, conventions and agreements and submit them to the National Assembly for ratification.

ARTICLE 139-1:
He shall accredit ambassadors and special envoys to foreign powers, receive letters of accreditation from ambassadors of foreign powers and issued exequatur to consuls.

He declares war, and negotiates and signs peace treaties with the approval of the National Assembly.

With the approval of the Senate, the King appoints, by a decree issued in the Council of Ministers, the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the Commander-in-chief of the police, ambassadors and consul generals.

By a decree issued in the Council of Ministers, the King appoints the directors general of the civil service, and delegates and vice delegates of Departments and Arrondissements.
He also appoints, with the approval of the Senate, Administrative Councils of Autonomous Agencies.

The King is the nominal head of the armed forces, but he never commands them in person.

He has the seal of the Kingdom affixed to all laws and promulgates them within deadline stipulated by the Constitution. Before the expiration of that deadline, he may avail himself of his right of objection.

He sees to the enforcement of judicial decisions, pursuant to the law.

The King has the right to perform and commute sentences in all res judica cases, except for sentences handed down by the High Court of Justice as stipulated in this Constitution.

He may grant amnesty only for political matters as stipulated by law.

If the King finds it temporarily impossible to discharge his duties the Executive Authority shall be vested in the Council of Ministers under the Presidency of the Prime Minister, so long as the disability continues.

Should the office of the King become vacant for any reason, the President of the Supreme Court of the Kingdom, or in his absence, the Vice President of that Court, or in his absence, the judge with the highest seniority and so on by order of seniority, shall be invested temporarily with the duties of the King by the National Assembly duly convened by the Prime Minister- The election of a new King for a new term shall be held at least forty-five (45) and no more than ninety (90) days after the vacancy occurs, pursuant to the Constitution and the Electoral Law.

ARTICLE 149-1:
The acting King may in no case be a candidate in the next election.

The King shall have no powers other than those accorded to him by the Constitution.

At the opening of each annual session of the Legislature, the King shall deliver a message to the Legislature on the State of the Nation. This message may not be debated.

The King shall receive a monthly salary from the Public Treasury upon taking the oath of office.

The King shall have his official residence in the National Palace, in the capital city, unless the seat of the Executive Branch is moved.

The King presides over the Council of Ministers.


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could you please give us a link to a picture of the proposed coat of arms?
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