How Did The Haitian Revolution Influence The French Revolution

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The Haitian Slave Revolt of 1791-1804 influenced democracy and independence across the World. Toussaint L’Overture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines and other slave leaders showed others a powerful example of successful revolution and democracy leading others to follow suit. The Haitian revolutionaries explored their rights and new forms of government encountering opinion differences and violence along the way and then exchanged these new found ideas of freedom with other countries across the world. By the late 1700’s, the French Colony of Saint-Domingue was a pressure cooker about to explode. Inspired by the French Revolution, the large slave population was ready to start to explore their liberties and fight for change. In 1789(the year the revolution began) , 89% of Saint-Dominique’s 560,000 person population was comprised of slaves. A large majority of the few white people on Saint-Domingue were plantation owners. The Hundreds of sugar plantations led Saint-Domingue’s economy to be one of the strongest in the Western…show more content…
Due to a high amount of ship travel, the entire population of Saint-Domingue caught wind of the event very quickly. The Declaration of the Rights of Man, produced at the end of the French revolution in 1789 preached about the idea of equality for all. The first article states “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good. “This idea spoke to all people of Saint-Domingue but the first to act was the mixed race population. These people were free but considered low class, having to bow in the presence of a white person and not granted high living or working opportunities. The mixed race population sent in a request to the newly created French government to have equal rights as the white peoples. When the white people heard about the plan for liberty, they exploded. An intimidation raid ensued causing more to take
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