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Haitian Revolution

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The Haitian Revolution

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How did the Haitian Revolution change the world?

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22nd August 1791: Start of the Haitian Revolution in the French colony of Saint-Domingue

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Haitian Revolutions

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Why This Radical History Of The Haitian Revolution Was Just Published — After 32 Years (HBO)

The Haitian Revolution was a successful anti-slavery and anti-colonial insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in Saint-Domingue, now the sovereign nation of Haiti. It began on 22 August 1791, and ended in 1804 with the former colony's independence. It involved blacks, mulattoes, French, Spanish, and British participants—with the ex-slave Toussaint L'Ouverture emerging as Haiti's most charismatic hero. It was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state which was both free from slavery, and ruled by non-whites and former captives. It is now widely seen as a defining moment in the history of racism in the Atlantic World.
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  • Background 

  • Situation in 1789 

  • Effects of the French Revolution 

  • The Revolution 

  • Leadership of Louverture 

  • Resistance to slavery 

  • Free republic 

  • 1804 massacre of the French 

  • Haiti after the Revolution 

  • Impact on slavery in the Americas 

  • Historiographical debates 

  • Contemporary press response 

  • In popular culture 

  • Literature about the Haitian Revolution