Toussaint L'Ouverture

Toussaint L'Ouverture

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  • In the early years of Toussaint L'Ouverture his master taught him how to speak English and write. This made him more excited about the world and he heard about the revolution
  • When he got a little older he heard more about these enlightenment ideas so he started reading more about them and he realized that most revolutions were influenced by them
  • By 1793 the revolution in France was in was in hands of Jacobin's the most radical of the revolutionary groups. This group, led by Maximilian Robespierre, was responsible for the Reign of Terror, a campaign to rid France of “enemies of the revolution.” Though the Jacobin's brought indiscriminate death to France, they were also idealists who wanted to take the revolution as far as it could go.
  • By 1803 Napoleon was ready to get Haiti off his back he and Toussaint agreed to terms of peace. Napoleon agreed to recognize Haitian independence and Toussaint agreed to retire from public life.
  • A few months later,the French invited Toussaint to come to a negotiating meeting will 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. Napoleon ordered that Toussaint be placed in a prison dungeon in the mountains, and murdered by means of cold, starvation, and neglect.
  • Napoleon ordered that Toussaint be placed in a prison dungeon in the mountains,and murdered by means of cold, starvation, and neglect. Toussaint died in prison, but others carried on the fight for freedom. Six months later, Napoleon decided to give up his possessions in the New World. He was busy in Europe and these far-away possessions were more trouble than they were worth. He abandoned Haiti to independence and sold the French territory in North America to the United States (the Louisiana Purchase).
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