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Wyclef Jean
(Haitian Rapper Who is a Member of the New Jersey Hip Hop group 'Fugees')
Wyclef Jean
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

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Garcelle Beauvais
(Actress)
Garcelle Beauvais
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Birthdate: November 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Marc
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Andre Berto
(Two-Time Former Welterweight World Champion)
Andre Berto
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winter Haven
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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François Duvalier
(Politician, Physician)
François Duvalier
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: April 21, 1971

François Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1957 to 1971, he served as the president of Haiti. Over the course of his political career, Duvalier's regime became despotic and totalitarian. In 1964, Duvalier declared himself President for Life and remained in power until his death. Since his demise, several books have been written about his rule in Haiti. 

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Adonis Stevenson
(Haitian-Canadian Former Professional Boxer)
Adonis Stevenson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
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Jean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian General)
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: August 17, 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

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Bermane Stiverne
(Haitian-Canadian Professional Boxer)
Bermane Stiverne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Plaine-du-Nord

Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian boxer who reigned as the WBC heavyweight champion for eight months between 2014 and 2015. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the 2003 and 2004 National Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2005 Championships. An avid fan of basketball, Stiverne supports the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

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Skal Labissiere
(Basketball player)
Skal Labissiere
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Michel Martelly
(President of Haiti)
Michel Martelly
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Michel Martelly is a Haitian former politician. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the 41st president of Haiti. Also a singer and keyboardist, Michel was one of Haiti's most popular musicians for over a period of 10 years! He is renowned for his Kompa music and has released several studio albums like Anba Rad La and Tout Cé Mately.

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Henri Christophe
(Former Haitian President Who Declared Himself the King of Haiti)
Henri Christophe
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Birthdate: October 6, 1767
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grenada
Died: October 8, 1820

Former Haitian president Henry Christophe also declared himself the king of northern Haiti as Henry I. Apart from spending lavishly on building palaces for himself, he also restored soldier peasants and gifted plantations to military leaders. He eventually committed suicide by shooting himself, fearing a coup against him.

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Jimmy Jean-Louis
(Actor, Producer)
Jimmy Jean-Louis
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petion-Ville
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Kaytranada
(DJ)
Kaytranada
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
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Jean Louis
(Artist, Screenwriter, Costume designer)
Jean Louis
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 5, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 20, 1997

Jean Louis was a French-born costume designer who worked predominantly in Hollywood. In an illustrious Hollywood career that spanned more than four decades, Louis designed outfits for almost every Hollywood star including Rita Hayworth, Lucille Ball, and Judy Garland. Jean Louis is also credited with designing Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress worn at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration.

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Duckens Nazon
(French and Haitian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Duckens Nazon
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
(Engineer)
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien
Died: April 15, 1912
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Edwidge Danticat
(Novelist and Short Story Writer Known for Her Books: ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory’, ‘Krik? Krak!’ and ‘Everything Inside’)
Edwidge Danticat
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Apparently, Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, known for books such as Breath, Eyes, Memory, had begun writing to escape the bullying she faced because of her Haitian ways after she moved to the U.S. as a young girl. Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, she took up French literature.

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Jacques Agnant
(Haitian Businesspeople)
Jacques Agnant
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Listed In: Business People
Birthplace: Haiti
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Alexandre Pétion
(First President of Haiti)
Alexandre Pétion
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 2, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: March 29, 1818

Alexandre Pétion was a Haitian political leader best remembered for his service as the first President of Haiti from 9 March 1807 until his death on 29 March 1818. Today, Alexandre Pétion is revered as one of the founding fathers of Haiti.

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Zach Auguste
(Basketball player)
Zach Auguste
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge

Zach Auguste is a Greek-American basketball player who has won two Greek League titles so far. He also won a Greek Cup as well as a Slovenian Cup in 2021 and 2022, respectively. He currently plays for the Slovenia club, Cedevita Olimpija.

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Junior Galette
(Haitian Born Former American Football Outside Linebacker)
Junior Galette
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Olden Polynice
(Basketball player)
Olden Polynice
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Dutty Boukman
(Haitian Revolutionary Who was Active During the Haitian Revolution)
Dutty Boukman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Senegambia
Died: November 7, 1791

Dutty Boukman was a Haitian revolutionary who was active during the Haitian Revolution. It is believed that Boukman and a Vodou mambo named Cécile Fatiman presided over a religious ceremony at Bois Caïman that instigated the 1791 slave revolt which came to be known as the Haitian Revolution.

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Faustin Soulouque
(President of Haiti from 1847 to 1849)
Faustin Soulouque
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Birthdate: August 15, 1782
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petit-Goave
Died: August 3, 1867

Faustin Soulouque was a Haitian military commander and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the President of Haiti from 1 March 1847 to 25 August 1849. He then acquired autocratic powers and declared himself the Emperor of Haiti. Faustin Soulouque went on to reign as the Emperor of Haiti from 26 August 1849 to 15 January 1859.

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René Préval
(41st President of Haiti)
René Préval
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: March 3, 2017

Born to Haitian agronomist Claude Préval, René Préval, too, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a prominent agronomist. He also studied geothermal sciences, before stepping into politics and becoming Haiti’s 2nd prime minister and, later, its 41st president. He had also served as the Haitian interior and defense minister.

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Melissa St. Vil
(Boxer)
Melissa St. Vil
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haiti
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Cady Lalanne
(Basketball player)
Cady Lalanne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Pierre Desir
(Haitian American Football Cornerback)
Pierre Desir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Gosder Cherilus
(Football player)
Gosder Cherilus
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haiti
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Jean-Claude Duvalier
(Former President of Haiti)
Jean-Claude Duvalier
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: October 4, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1971 to 1986, Duvalier served as the president of Haiti before he was removed from office by a popular uprising. During his presidency, thousands of Haitians were tortured or killed. His presidency was also marked by his notoriously lavish lifestyle, while many Haitians were left to battle poverty.

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Vladimir Ducasse
(Haitian-Born Former American Football Offensive Guard)
Vladimir Ducasse
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(39th President of Haiti)
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port-Salut

Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a Haitian politician who served as the country's first democratically elected president. He was removed from office during the 2004 coup d'état and was later forced into exile. He returned to Haiti after seven years amidst rumors that blamed the US for orchestrating the coup against him. A former priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide taught liberation theology to many.

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Laurent Lamothe
(Prime Minister of Haiti from 2012 to 2014)
Laurent Lamothe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Laurent Lamothe is a Haitian businessman, political figure, and economist. He is known for his service as the Prime Minister of Haiti from 16 May 2012 to 14 December 2014. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 24 October 2011 to 6 August 2012. Laurent Lamothe is currently serving as the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation.

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Simone Duvalier
(Haitian first lady)
Simone Duvalier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Léogâne Arrondissement
Died: December 26, 1997
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Raquel Pélissier
(Model)
Raquel Pélissier
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Antenor Firmin
(Anthropologist)
Antenor Firmin
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cap-Haitien
Died: September 19, 1911
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Dadi Nicolas
(Football player)
Dadi Nicolas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Marie-Cessette Dumas
(Enslaved woman)
Marie-Cessette Dumas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1714 AD
Birthplace: Hait
Died: 1786 AD
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Michèle Bennett
(First Lady of Haiti (27 May 1980 – 7 February 1986))
Michèle Bennett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port‑au‑Prince
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Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité
(Politician)
Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité
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Birthdate: April 11, 1758
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Léogâne
Died: August 8, 1858
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Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
(First Female Provisional President of Haiti)
Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pétion-Ville

Initially a lawyer and the first female justice at the Supreme Court of Haiti, Ertha Pascal-Trouillot later rose to be Haiti’s first provisional female president. Her main task as the provisional president was to prepare Haiti for the elections, while coordinating with the 19-member Council of State.

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Jeffrey Julmis
(Haitian Sprinter)
Jeffrey Julmis
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Yanick Étienne
(Haitian Singer and Backing Vocalist)
Yanick Étienne
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Haiti
Died: March 30, 2022
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Marie-Louise Coidavid
(Queen regnant)
Marie-Louise Coidavid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1778
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bredou
Died: March 14, 1851
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Paul Magloire
(President of Haiti from 1950 to 1956)
Paul Magloire
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quartier-Morin
Died: July 12, 2001

Paul Magloire was a Haitian politician best known for his service as the President of Haiti from 6 December 1950 to 12 December 1956. He also served as the Minister of Interior and Defence on two occasions; in 1946 and again in 1950.

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Melchie Dumornay
(Haitian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Melchie Dumornay
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mirebalais
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Jacques-Victor Henry
(Prince)
Jacques-Victor Henry
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: First Empire of Haiti
Died: October 18, 1820
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Hector Hyppolite
(Artist)
Hector Hyppolite
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Birthdate: 1894 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Marc
Died: 1948 AD
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Suzanne Simone Baptiste Louverture
(Politician)
Suzanne Simone Baptiste Louverture
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Hait
Died: May 19, 1816
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Stephanie Villedrouin
(Haitian Entrepreneur & Politician)
Stephanie Villedrouin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas

Born to Haitian diplomat Alix Balmir in Venezuela, Stephanie Villedrouin grew up to lead Haiti as its tourism minister and witnessed the inauguration of Haiti’s first tourism promotion office during her tenure. She later turned into an entrepreneur and has also managed a hotel in Kenscoff.

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Jean-Pierre Boyer
(President of Haiti from 1818 to 1843)
Jean-Pierre Boyer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: July 9, 1850

Jean-Pierre Boyer was a Haitian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Haiti from 30 March 1818 to 13 February 1843. He is credited with reuniting the north and south of Haiti to form the Republic of Haiti. Jean-Pierre Boyer also annexed Spanish Haiti to bring all of Hispaniola under a single Haitian government by 1822.