The first and last king of Haiti - Marlene Daut (for TED)

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The first and last king of Haiti - Marlene Daut


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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? Marlene Daut details how a man enslaved at birth rose through the ranks to become king.



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Meet 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
  • Educator Marlene Daut
  • Director Daniel Freire da Silva, Allan Dantas
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Producer Felipe Grosso, Odirlei Seixas, Liana Vianna
  • Senior Animator Daniel Freire da Silva, Allan Danta

Thanks so much for sharing, Marlene! It's exciting to see the story being shared through TED Ed--what an excellent way to spark continued conversation (and debate, no doubt) about the complicated memory of King Henry I. I'd love to see more of these in the future!

Alida Goffinski