THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD

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Queen Marie-Louise (pages 153, 161)

She was born in Cap Francois. Her parents both were black, however, Marie-Louise was free at birth. Her father, Coidovic, later became the owner of the renowned Hotel de la Couronne. This ownership made him a free man. With Coidovic having little education himself, he wanted Marie to have a proper education from a school. Along with this education, Marie also learned much else about life through stories told by slaves and other workers at the hotel. Marie, being so warm hearted, did not discriminate between blacks and whites. In fact, she became friends with anybody that came her way.

One day, a slave was bought from another colony. His name was Christophe and they became dear friends. Marie helped him save money in hopes of being able to purchase his freedom. She also read to him from books of English history. Since the English had two names, together they chose the name Henry as his second. At this moment, Marie-Louise and Christophe-Henry became lovers.

Christophe warned Marie of the possible revolution by the slaves and he was named Lieutenant. Upon the victorious revolution, Christophe-Henry was named king and Marie-Louise became his queen.

For further information, go to:

http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/haiti/history/earlyhaiti/marie-louise.htm


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