Haitian Revolution - Dylan Smiley
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Much of the indigenous population in Santo-Domingo were enslaved by the French colonists. They were unhappy and felt demoralized.
Inspired by revolutionary thinkers as well as the French and American revolution, the slaves revolted against the French.
Led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, a freed slave and current military general, the revolting slaves organized and fought for their rights against the French.
Toussaint agreed to end the revolution if the French would abolish slavery in Haiti. France agreed, and the revolution ended.
Although France agreed to abolish slavery, they soon accused Toussaint of planning another revolution. They arrested them, and jailed him in then French Alps where he died 10 months later.
After Toussaint was arrested, another general named Jean-Jaques Dessalines led the revolution until 1804 when he declared Haiti an independent nation. They were the first black colony to do so.
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