National Geographic : 1961 Feb
Abandoned Citadel, built by King Henri Christophe in 1817, crowns a mountain in northern Haiti. Christophe, a waiter who be came a general and proclaimed himself king, erected the fortress to ward off a feared in vasion by Napoleon's armies. Twenty thou sand lives and 13 years' labor went into the construction. The invasion never came. Cannon that never fired a shot lie rusting beside caches of cannonballs on the Citadel's galleries. Walls 8 to 12 feet thick encircle the eyrie, which surveys a sea of tropical greenery from its 3,000-foot perch. Fittingly, the main court became the tomb of King Henri, who committed suicide with a silver bullet fol lowing a paralytic stroke.