Alexandre Pétion

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Alexandre Pétion

Alexandre Pétion (1770-1818) was the son of a French colonist and a freeborn woman of color. When rival factions divided Haiti into two states in 1806, Pétion was elected president of the South's Haitian Republic and reelected president of Haiti until his death. Pétion, actively supported Simon Bolivar, hero of South America's independence (he provided him with men, money, and ammunition), in return for a promise to abolish slavery in South America.