The Latin American Independence movement of Haiti

The Latin American Independence movement of Haiti

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  • The French made it into a sugar plantation, and made a profit by having the colony export sugar cane at very low prices, and buy sugar at very very high prices, in a process called mercantilism. 
  • On september 20, 1697, Spain officialy gave the territory of Haiti ( Saint Domingue) to France.
  • Powered by  slave labor, it became known as "the sugar capital of the world." among them was  Toussaint L'ouverture, the son of an educated slave. He read about different Enlightened leaders and saw the inequality in plantation labor.
  • Toussaint was also a leader, coaching slaves to work their duties. With his sharp intellect and leadership skills, he organised a rebellion. 
  • After four years of fighting, from 1789 to 1793, slavery was finally abolished. The french agreed on the emancipation, and toussiant L'Ouverture made the constitution of the rights of man.  
  • On january 1, 1804, haiti gained independence from france and became a free nation; the first black republic in the world.
  • How is it now?
  • haiti is unfortunately the poorest country in the western hemisphere, due to oppression of common people, underemployment and unemployment . and a slippery grasp of the global economy. To this day, the haitian revolution remains an unfinished project.
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