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  • We are now free and independent from France! We will be called Haiti!
  • If you want to be truly free, you owe us 100 million Francs.
  • Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Henry Christophe led a black army against the French in 1802 in response to Napoleon Bonaparte's intent to restore slavery. They defeated the French, who surrendered and left. 
  • On January 1, 1804, the island was declared independent as Haiti.
  • It was not until 1825 that France recognized Haiti's independence, and only in exchange for 100 million francs.
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