The Haitian Revolution Of 1791

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The Haitian Revolution

To say that all men are born and created equally is an understatement to say the least. Speaking morally, yes. But in reality, no. Especially if you are someone of African descent lost in the diaspora. Case in point, the Haitian Revolution. Holding someone against their will and forcing them into slavery is wrong. To force an unfair and unjustified debt upon a people for fighting for their freedom and winning is double wrong and equally as bad as slavery. It goes as a slap in the face to those who have did nothing wrong other than be born onto a world where the color of their skin and the content of you culture is scrutinized and is used as a reason for those of the dominate society to place a
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Producing sugar, coffee, cocoa, indigo, cotton, sisal, tobacco, fruits and vegetables all for the consumption of France gave it its title as the richest colony in the history of the world. The island was made up of four different but distinct groups. They are: The whites, the free people of color, the black slaves and the maroons. The whites were mostly French and numbered about 20,000 and they were divided into two main groups: The planters and the petit blancs. The planters were the wealthy whites that own plantations and slaves. The second and less powerful group known as the petit blancs was made up of shop keepers, artisans, merchants, teachers, and different middle and underclass whites. The petit blancs often had slaves but not that many as the planters. Both groups were committed to slavery and anti-black; they seen free blacks as a serious economic and social competitor. Next you have the free people of color. They ranged in the number of 30,000. Half of which were mulattoes, children of the slave owners and slave women. The other half were black slaves who were 500,000 strong, who had purchased their own freedom or was given freedom by their masters. The free blacks were wealthy and that really didn’t sit well with the petit blancs. Lastly, the maroons. They were a large group of run-away slaves who lived deep in the mountains and the kept alive the African ways and traditions like voodoo. Maroons
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