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  1. The Haitian Revolution 1791-1803

  2. Aim: Was the Haitian Revolution a success or a failure? • Do Now: Handout • As we go over the handout please fill in the answers to the questions listed.

  3. 1697 - Treaty formally ceded the western third of Hispaniola from Spain to France, which renamed it Saint-Domingue

  4. Pearl of the Antilles • The colony of Saint-Domingue was the richest colony in the West Indies and probably the richest colony in the history of the world. • Driven by slave labor and enabled by fertile soil and ideal climate, Saint-Domingue produced sugar, coffee, cocoa, indigo, tobacco, cotton, sisal as well as some fruits and vegetables for the motherland, France.

  5. How did the social structure of Haitian Society contribute to the Haitian Revolution? • The whites • The free people of color • The black slaves • The maroons

  6. Planters Wealthy plantation owners Discontented with France No representation United in favor of slavery Petit Blancs Artisans, shop keepers, merchants, teachers Less independence-minded and more loyal to France Also approved of slavery Whites = 20,000 – Mostly French

  7. ½ Mulattoes Children of white Frenchmen and black slave women Tense relationship w/slaves ½ freed slaves The Free People of Color 30,000

  8. Very wealthy Owned plantations and slaves Denied their African roots Dressed exceptionally well Catholic rather than Voodoo Well educated French rather than Creole The Free People of Color

  9. 100,000 – Domestics More Loyal to Masters 400,000 - Field Hand Treated very cruelly The Black Slaves = 500,000 Slaves outnumbered free people by 10-1

  10. The Maroons • Large group of run-away slaves who retreated deep into the mountains of Saint-Domingue.

  11. From Rebellion to Revolution • Growing independence movement by planters • French enforced “Exclusif” • Molasses  Dried Fish

  12. Slave Rebellions • Why did slave owners treat their slaves especially harsh? • Mackandal Rebellion of 1759 • Plot to poison slave owners • Remember the ratio!

  13. Other influences which contributed to the Revolution • 1791 – Slaves revolt • Why would they revolt after more than 200 years of slavery?

  14. Meanwhile back in France…….. The mother country

  15. The Declaration of the Rights of Man (August 27, 1789) • How would the Declaration of the Rights of Man influence a revolt in Haiti? “Article 1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may only be founded upon the general good.” “ The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptibly rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression”

  16. Toussaint L’Ouverture • Led slave revolts • Considered brilliant • Self – educated • Former slave • Fought against French, British and Spanish troops • Arduous battle • Many lives lost

  17. Haitian Independence! • 1802 – Napoleon sent a large army to reconquer Haiti • Something other than Toussaint’s forces attacked the French armies… • Yellow Fever destroyed much of Napoleon’s troops • 1802 – French agreed to a truce

  18. 1804 – Haitians declare independence • 1804 - Toussaint captured and dies in prison

  19. Would the Hatian Revolution have succeeded without Toussaint L’Ouverture?Activity:Examine the List of Toussaint’s greatest achievements as interpreted by Historian Milton Bekerman. Which of his achievements most benefitted the people of Haiti?

  20. The Republic of Haiti Was the Haitian revolution truly successful? • - Poorest and least developed countries in the world • Problems ranging from near-constant political upheaval, health crises, severe environmental degradation and an annual barrage of hurricanes.

  21. On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. • Total cost of the disaster was between $7.2 billion to $13.2 billion, • Death Toll = 250,000 - 300,000.


  23. Was the Haitian Revolution truly successful even though Haiti is mired in poverty today?