- David Michel
was born Marie-Joseph Benoit Dartagnan Sylvain on 21 March 1868 in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. He attended a Catholic high school in Port-au-Prince and moved to Paris to complete his secondary studies.
In 1889 Sylvain was hired as secretary of the Haitian legation in London, which assumes that he was fluent in English, and moved to England. In 1890 he returned to France where he entered law school and founded La Fraternité The Brotherhood a paper for the defense of Haiti and of the black race Advocacy for Haiti and the black race was a common trend among educated Haitians of the era They assumed the duty to defend black Haiti which abolished slavery and won its freedom from France against those who thought that Haitians and all blacks were inferior to whites Haitian intellectuals like Sylvain often referred to the military victory of the Haitian army over the French or ...