The Great Haitian Liberator

220px-Toussaint_L'Ouverture_engravingThe Great Leader of the Most Successful Slave Revolt in history was Toussaint L’Overture, a black man born into Slavery rose to become the Haitian Revolutionary, Patriot and Martyr in what was then Saint-Domingue. The fact that no records were kept on slave births – no one knows for sure. He was a self-educated slave, freed in 1791.

Toussaint L’Overture’s military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent state of Haiti. The success of the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the New World. Under his leadership, Haiti became the only place on earth where slaves created a nation and the only successful slave insurrection in history.

He was comparable to the great African General Hannibal. His accomplishments grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas — liberté, eqalité, fraternité — and used them to create the world’s first Black republic. This revolution in Haiti made it possible for America to obtain half of its nation [The Louisiana Purchase]. This revolution by a slave frightened the white power structure to the point of making the word Haiti synonymous with HELL!!!

“In overthrowing me you have cut down in Saint Domingue only the trunk of the tree of liberty; it will spring up again from the roots, for they are numerous, and they are deep.”

Toussaint L’Overture was captured and sent to the jail in Fort-de-Joux in the Doubs, France. While in prison, he died on the seventh of April, 1803. The suggested causes of death include exhaustion, malnutrition, apoplexy, pneumonia and possibly tuberculosis. In his absence, Jean-Jacques Dessalines led the Haitian rebellion until its completion, finally defeating the French forces in 1803.

Here is a little-known fact that Americans were never taught. Not only did George Washington own hundreds of slaves, he gave his overseers written authorization to whip those enslaved Africans he considered to be in need of such “correction.” Washington sent a “rogue and runaway” enslaved African to the West Indies to be sold for rum and molasses. Therefore, Washington had no tolerance for enslaved African uprisings against slavery. In 1791 as president, he authorized emergency financial and military relief to French slave owners in Haiti to suppress the Haitian revolution.

You will not be taught this history. Watch and learn, and that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…

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