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History of Haiti (Ayiti, Hayti)



 
 The Peoples' Story

The Road to Freedom


 

 Rapper Akala sporting our Toussaint L'Ouverture t-shirt

"We owe much more to Haiti than to them all. I regard her as 
 the original source of freedom of the nineteenth century... Until Haiti spoke the slave ship,
followed by hungry sharks, greedy to devour the dead and dying slaves flung
overboard to feed them, ploughed in peace the South Atlantic,
painting the sea with the Negro's blood."


Frederick Douglass (abolitionist, editor, orator, author and statesman)
Address Dedicating the Haitian Pavilion at the Chicago Exposition, 1893

 


Haitian history begins in 1461 when Africans fought diligently against their forceful removal from their motherland – Africa. The fight for freedom continued beyond the villages and onto the slave ships that travelled across the seas. Even on the new land - the shores of St Domingue in an existence not that different from what one might imagine hell to be – the fight for freedom continued. Here we are going to learn about one of the greatest battles for freedom ever.

 

Ever since recorded history, nowhere on earth have an enslaved people been 100% successful in overthrowing the powers that had curtailed their freedom and taking the country away from the oppressors. The Haitian Revolution was the first of its kind. Therefore it provides a great lesson to all dominated peoples of the world.

 

We begin our sojourn into Haitian history from the revolutionary period in the 18th century. This was to be no ordinary revolution, for the enslaved were pitted against the mighty nations ruling the world at that time: Spain, Britain and France. This was a period in human history when the biggest profit making business was The Trans Atlantic Trade in Africans. Human beings traded like cars, computers and mobile phones.

 

                                                                

 

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