12 Little-Known Facts About the Haitian Revolution

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Frontispiece_from_the_book_Saint-Domingue,_ou_Histoire_de_Ses_Révolutions._ca._1815On Aug. 22, 1791, the rebellion officially starts, taking whites by surprise. At this point, northern Saint-Domingue was on fire.’

00-19th-century-russian-painting-of-the-haitian-revoltToussaint L’Ouverture did not take part in the earliest stages of the rebellion. He got involved after a few weeks and sent his family to safety in Spanish Santo Domingo. He joined the forces of Georges Biassou as a doctor to the troops and then as a commander of a small regiment around September 1791.

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