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From the Ted Talk by Marlene Daut: The first and last king of Haiti

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Christophe’s knodigm oversaw rapid development of trade, inrsdtuy, culture, and education. He itrmeopd renowned European artists to Haiti’s crauutll sence, as well as European teachers, in order to establish public eoauidtcn. But while the king was itailliny popular among his subjects, his labor mandates were an uncomfortable reminder of the slavery Haitians fought to destroy. Over time, his icinsgrnaley auarihtaiotrn policies lost support, and his opponents to the south gained strength. In October 1820, his reign finally raehecd its tragic conclusion. Months after a debilitating stroke left him unable to govern, key members of his military defected to southern forces. Betrayed and despondent, the king committed suicide.

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Christophe’s _______ oversaw rapid development of trade, ________, culture, and education. He ________ renowned European artists to Haiti’s ________ _____, as well as European teachers, in order to establish public _________. But while the king was _________ popular among his subjects, his labor mandates were an uncomfortable reminder of the slavery Haitians fought to destroy. Over time, his ____________ _____________ policies lost support, and his opponents to the south gained strength. In October 1820, his reign finally _______ its tragic conclusion. Months after a debilitating stroke left him unable to govern, key members of his military defected to southern forces. Betrayed and despondent, the king committed suicide.

Solution

  1. reached
  2. industry
  3. authoritarian
  4. education
  5. scene
  6. increasingly
  7. imported
  8. kingdom
  9. cultural
  10. initially

Original Text

Christophe’s kingdom oversaw rapid development of trade, industry, culture, and education. He imported renowned European artists to Haiti’s cultural scene, as well as European teachers, in order to establish public education. But while the king was initially popular among his subjects, his labor mandates were an uncomfortable reminder of the slavery Haitians fought to destroy. Over time, his increasingly authoritarian policies lost support, and his opponents to the south gained strength. In October 1820, his reign finally reached its tragic conclusion. Months after a debilitating stroke left him unable to govern, key members of his military defected to southern forces. Betrayed and despondent, the king committed suicide.

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