The Haitian Revolution: Why Haiti must be respected and understood (Part 1)

“L’union fait la force”
Union makes strength

The Haitian Revolution 1791-1804 was arguable one of the most significant moments in the history of the Post Columbus era as the people of the world had witnessed the defeat of a colonial giant by the sheer tenacity of a people desperate for freedom and liberation from a tyrannical state which had abused, mistreated and miseducated them for far too long.

A significant point that should be noted about this spectacular event was the one at the helm of the French colonial regime during this time was, Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte is one of the most prolific historical figures ever seen and his European war campaign and the ideas that manifested aided in the shaping of many political theories, perception of war and the repercussions thereof.

Toussaint Louverture L’Ouverture

The one who lead the Haitian Revolution was a man born into slavery named Toussaint Louverture. He had seen the tragic situation in Haiti and led the revolution which would seize control of the entire island of Hispaniola. This revolution in a once subservient periphery piece of land would resonate throughout history and influenced dramatically in shaping the views of how imperialism in the colonial world should be handled, as the revolt debunked the idea that enslaved Africans were too uneducated and dependent to rise up and take control of their economic and social life.

After the United States chased away Britain, the Republic of Haiti became the first sincerely ‘free’ country in the entire western hemisphere and boastfully showcased the valor which had been dormant in people ripped from their motherland and cast away in putrid conditions and thrown into a life which was not their own. Political thought regarding this event had seen a dramatic turn as a nation in the west with a black ‘negro’ population had taken on the prestige of being an economic republic……

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