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  • 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.
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