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February 10, 2016

 

 

To My Purpose Driven Free Thinkers aka PDFTs! May this month exceed your expectations! As we all know February is Black History Month. I don't know if you study or research Black people who significantly contributed to the Black experience during this month but personally, I don't need a month to tell me it's okay to be Black, speak on Black, or act Black. I'm always Black minded but for y'all who do celebrate Blackness on this month, do it big! As you know (or maybe don't) my book will be dropping on February 14th aka Valentines Day. It'll be available on this website on the STORE page for purchase. If you want to know the synopsis of MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD go to the Book page on this website. Also, you can check out my youtube channel VIEIS_ME to get more in-depth with my story. I'll add the link below this blog post to the video. And if all that doesn't quench your thirst for MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, follow my IG for past and future Daily Snippets from my book. They'll always be available but after February 14th, I won't be making any new Daily Snippets from MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkyyjXJIiYU

 

***EDIT I will be making daily vlogs for the countdown to MEMOIRS OF A FORGOTTEN CHILD, ending on Valentines Day! You can check them out on my Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Here's the nineth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vml08ZVoCiA


I'll be honoring Henri Caesar, also known as Black Caesar (not the Black Caesar from Africa). He was born in 1791 and disappeared in 1830. He is known for being a 19th century Haitian revolutionary as well as a pirate. Though his existence is skeptical, there are accounts of him being a participant in the Haitian Revolution under the leadership of Boukman Dutty and Toussaint Louverture, including being a pirate for almost a 30-year period during the beginning of the 19th century.

 

As the legend goes, Henri Caesar was born to a slave family that was owned by a French plantation owner known as Arnaut. As a youth, he worked as a houseboy and as a young man, he worked in the lumberyard. He was abused by the overseer and during the slave rebellion (later known as the Haitian Revolution), he killed the overseer with a saw. Then after he partnered up with Boukman Dutty and Toussaint Louverture to fight against white supremacy in Haiti. He remained a key player in the revolution until Haiti won its independence from France in 1804. Following independence, he left Haiti to go tackle the sea. His base was in Port-de-Paix where he captured a Spanish ship in 1805 and soon began raiding small villages and isolated vessels around Cuba and the Bahamas, thereafter, he took on the name Black Caesar. Henri was very good at piracy until his vanishing in 1830. No one is sure what happened to him, it is presumed that he left the area after President Andrew Jackson ordered an expedition against pirates sailing near the Florida coast after the United States purchased it in 1828. BUT, there is a tale of what may have happened to him. The story goes, Henri was captured in Florida, taken to Key West, and was bound to a tree and burned alive. A widow of a preacher whose eyes were burned out by Black Caesar's torture tactics lit the fire.

 

Allegedly Henri has about $2 to $6 million spread throughout the Caribbean, some of these places are Pine Island, White Horse Key, Marco Island, Elliot Key, and Sanibel Island, however, none his treasure has ever been found. Rumors have stated that he had alliances with another pirate such as Jose Gaspar, whose existence is also a speculation.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Caesar

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