Toussaint learned that he was more than a slave and he was a man with brains and dignity
He read books of many Enlightenment thinkers who spoke ofindividual rights and equality
The slaves are revolting against their masters across Hati and Toussaint is leading it.
Haitian people were free but then Napoleon, the new leader of France, reinstated slavery which then put Haitians back into war
Toussaint became the leader of the slave rebellion. He became known as Toussaint L'Ouverture (the one who finds an opening and brilliantly led his rag-tag slave army. He successfully fought the French as well as invading Spanish and British.
There was jubilation among the blacks in Haiti, and Toussaint agreed to help the French army eject the British and Spanish. Toussaint proved to be a brilliant general, winning 7 battles in 7 days. He became a de facto governor of the colony.
Napoleon and Toussaint agreed to terms of peace. Napoleon agreed to recognize Haitian independence and Toussaint agreed to retire from public life. French invited Toussaint to come to a negotiating meeting with full safe conduct. When he arrived, the French (at Napoleon's orders) betrayed the safe conduct and arrested him, putting him on a ship headed for France.