At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffered the defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleon's reign once and for all. After this event, two months after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte's colonial forces, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaimed the independence of Saint-Domingue, renaming it Haiti. In 1791, a slave revolt erupted on the French colony. When this occurred, Toussaint-L'Ouverture, a former slave, took control of the rebels. This Haitian Revolution was sparked by the inherent cruelty of slavery. The desire for Haitian blacks and multi-racial people to be treated with respect and decency was also a major factor that has lead us to this Revolution. The citizens of France planted the seeds of revolt in Haiti during the French Revolution. The success and achievements of the French revolt for freedom inspired free and enslaved Haitians to join up against a system that treated them with unjust actions.

The Saint-Domingue Constitution of 1801, also referred to as Toussaint L'Overture's Constitution, was promulgated recently on July 8th of this year (1801) by the Governor General Toussaint L'Overture. L'Oveture sent a letter to Napoléon on the 1801 Constitution accompanying this document. The letter and constitution was brought to Napoléon Bonaparte by Toussaint L'Overture's friend, the French Colonel Vincent, who had been stationed in Saint-Domingue. Will this letter really fix slavery for good? This constitution looks like it will solve all aspects of the Haiti's slavery issues. Will Haiti be stronger than ever? Looks like after the defeat of Bonaparte, we can become a stronger nation. And can L'Overture really maintain his constitution? Let's hope Haiti can rise up!

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Haitian Constitution of 1801 (English). (n.d.). Retrieved January 17, 2017, from https://thelouvertureproject.org/index.php?title=Haitian_Constitution_of_1801_%28English%29


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