Best Haitian Revolution moments!

What better taste of history than the goosebump-generating moments of the Haitian revolution?

Heroes such as Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Henri Christophe, and many others have made the story of Haiti's independence an almost incredible one!

What lighted the fire?

Toussaint Louverture

Bois-caiman's ceremony led by voodoo priest Boukman in August of 1971 was the spark to ignite the revoultion fire. 

The snowball started rolling since then and would end up in Ayiti's final independence in 1804.

The architect of it all...

Toussaint Louverture, a former slave freed by his master, became a successful commander.

Going from one alliance to the other with the different european forces (French, British, Spain) that were fighting over Saint Domingue, Toussaint would obtain the abolition of slavery and write a constitution (1801) to rule the whole island.

If only Louverture had not been captured...

French General Leclerc, Bonaparte's brother-in-law, was sent to the Island in 1802 backed with thousands of men. 

Leclerc signed a treaty with Toussaint which would again give France control over Saint Domingue; but Louverture made sure to include his number one condition in the pact: Slavery would not come back.

It wouldn't be late until a retired Toussaint was captured and sent to jail in France where he died of pneumonia.


...However, the Tree grew back... since the roots never died...

Both blacks and mulattoes did not want to be slaves again. Dessalines - who used to fight for Toussaint - and Pétion, the mulatto leader, joined forces to rid Saint Domingue of the French troups.


The last Battle...

Dessalines led his grenadiers in an attack againt fort Vertières on November 18, 1803. During the battle of Vertières, the motto was clear: "soldiers, charge! No matter who dies!" The French army was defeated.



On January 1, 1804, Dessalines officially declared the independence of Haiti


Those were great moments, weren't they?!

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