That's a good point. And you're right the priority will almost certainly be rebuilding the palaces rather than the homes.It occurs to me that in either the 'surviving Kingdom' or the 'Royal conquest of South Haiti' scenarios that you could well see the regime overthrown as a consequence of the 1842 Cap-Haïtien earthquake- after all whether it be King Henry or a (likely quite new to the throne) King Jacques-Victor who's in charge they're likely to prioritise the rebuilding of the Sans Souci Palace over anything else.
It's not going to become less so, I'm afraid. Next up is Boyer and everything's about to get even worse.Another great article, but Christ this series is depressing.
To me this reads that there is an interesting story of Haitian exceptionalism in a surviving Kingdom that manages to somehow thread the needle through every conflict point and retain some form of monarchy in the present that leads to interesting knock-on effects of this miraculous reputation in the US and Africa later on.That's a good point. And you're right the priority will almost certainly be rebuilding the palaces rather than the homes.
I don't really buy a Kingdom of Haiti surviving to the modern day, tbh. It's a fun setting but there's too many crisis points coming up that it'll struggle to get past. Something like 1820 seems inevitable, the people of Haiti were veterans at rebelling against those oppressing them. And the Kingdom was designed around oppression.
And even if the Kingdom survives the early years like I said in the article the one thing everyone praises about the Kingdom, it actually having a working education system, is something that will work against it long term.
It's not going to become less so, I'm afraid. Next up is Boyer and everything's about to get even worse.
The tragedy of Haiti is arguably one of humanities worst ever moments.