And for this I will free you as long as you manage my household.
In 1789, a series of events lead to what was known as the French Revolution. This was due to the longing for liberty and equality for all. This revolution, in particular, inspired the Haitian Revolution.
The Revolution Begins
Haiti at the time was the wealthiest overseas colony owned by France. This was because of the large production of sugar, cotton, indigo, and other products produced by slaves. There were close to 500,000 enslaved people on the island at this time.
Slaves Reign On
Toussaint was born into slavery in the Haitian colony. His father was an African prince captured by slave owners. Toussaint was well educated from his godfather and was trilingual with good knowledge of herbal medicines, he was also a skilled horseman. He always inspired kindness in his owners and was ultimately freed when he was 33.
I now declare Haiti as the first black republic in the world!!!!
On August 21, 1791, the slaves rebelled under the leadership of Toussaint. After a signal was given, enslaved people lit their owner's plantations on fire. Voodoo ceremonies also took place, which were forbidden in the colony. By 1792, the enslaved controlled 1/3 of the island.
French and British forces came to conquer the colony in 1793 after continued slave control. But, these forces withdrew from the island in 1798 after being defeated by L'Ouverture's slave rebellion multiple times.
L'Ouverture was captured by French troops and died in a prison in 1803. Jean-Jacques Dessalines overthrew these French forces and declared the nation's independence on January 1, 1804. This ultimately affected the world by inspiring even more revolutions throughout the world.