French/Haitian Revolution

French/Haitian Revolution

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  • French citizens wanted to revolt because they had terrible leaders (King Louis and Queen Marie Antionette).  They were also in heavy national debt and the majority of people had no say in government and were starving (unequal).
  • France - Motive
  • France - Method
  • The National Assembly was created to better represent the third estate, or the majority of people.  They took the Tennis Court Oath and stormed the Bastille.
  • At first, this led to the king and queen being executed and France was declared a republic instead of a monarchy.  Unfortunately, leadership eventually became corrupt once more and a dictatorship was the final outcome of the changes in French government.
  • France - Change
  • Not for long...
  • Yay!  The rest of the commoners and I finally have a say in government!
  • Haiti - Motive
  • Mixed-race people wanted equal rights and slaves wanted freedom.  Overall, people wanted to end social inequality which they decided to do due to the spread of ideas.
  • They first tried to negotiate peace, but the French rejected their offer.  Then, they went about gaining this very violently -- they burned most of their nation and killed/tortured many French people.
  • Haiti - Method
  • Haiti - Change
  • They eventually gained independence from France and became the first black republic.  But, since there were no more slaves their economy declined because they had no workforce and they are still poor to this day.  Also, other nations wouldn't interact with them because they were all scared that their slaves would get the same idea to revolt, so Haiti became isolated.
  • YES!  We're finally free!!
  • Yeah, but now we have no money...
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