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History of Haiti

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Explored by Columbus on Dec. 6, 1492, Haiti's native Arawaks fell victim to Spanish rule. In 1697, Haiti became the French colony of Saint-Dominique, which became a leading sugarcane producer dependent on slaves. In 1791, an insurrection erupted among the slave population of 480,000, resulting in a declaration of independence by Pierre-Dominique Toussaint l'Ouverture in 1801. Napoléon Bonaparte suppressed the independence movement, but it eventually triumphed in 1804 under Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who gave the new nation the Arawak name Haiti. It was the world's first independent black republic.

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  • 1625 - The French settled Tortuga Island and northwestern Hispaniola, naming their colony Saint-Domingue.

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  • 1665 - The city of Port-au-Prince was founded on the northwest coast by French settlers.

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  • 1670 - Louis XIV of France authorized the African slave trade in Saint-Dominque.

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  • 1749 - The city of Port-au-Prince was founded by Charles Burnier, Marquis of Larnage and named the capital of Saint-Domingue.

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  • 1751 - Slave rebellions in northern Saint-Domingue, led by François Mackandal, began.

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  • 1778 - Volunteer Haitian slaves, led by French admiral Count d'Estaing, left for Savannah, Georgia to fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

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  • 1792 - France's Legislative Assembly voted to give full citizenship and equal rights to all free people of color.

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  • 1803 - The flag of Haiti was created during a meeting between Dessalines and Pétion in l'Arcahaie and sewn by Catherine Flon.

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  • January 1, 1804 - Haiti gains independence from France. Haiti is the second oldest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere after the United States.

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  • 1862 - The United States recognizes Haiti

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  • 1895 - Hayti / Haiti
    Hayti, or Haiti, hā'tee, a rich and beautiful island, the largest in the West Indies, except Cuba, from which it is separated W. by the Windward...Read MORE...


  • 1904 - Haiti celebrates 100 years of independence

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  • 1625 - The French settled Tortuga Island and northwestern Hispaniola, naming their colony Saint-Domingue.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1665 - The city of Port-au-Prince was founded on the northwest coast by French settlers.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1670 - Louis XIV of France authorized the African slave trade in Saint-Dominque.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1749 - The city of Port-au-Prince was founded by Charles Burnier, Marquis of Larnage and named the capital of Saint-Domingue.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1751 - Slave rebellions in northern Saint-Domingue, led by François Mackandal, began.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1778 - Volunteer Haitian slaves, led by French admiral Count d'Estaing, left for Savannah, Georgia to fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1792 - France's Legislative Assembly voted to give full citizenship and equal rights to all free people of color.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1803 - The flag of Haiti was created during a meeting between Dessalines and Pétion in l'Arcahaie and sewn by Catherine Flon.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • January 1, 1804 - Haiti gains independence from France. Haiti is the second oldest independent nation in the Western Hemisphere after the United States.

    cnn.com
  • 1862 - The United States recognizes Haiti

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1895 - Hayti / Haiti
    Hayti, or Haiti, hā'tee, a rich and beautiful island, the largest in the West Indies, except Cuba, from which it is separated W. by the Windward... Read MORE...

  • 1904 - Haiti celebrates 100 years of independence

    www.wikipedia.org

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