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Unformatted text preview: THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION I Brief Summary of Haiti’s Colonial History II The Haitian Revolution: 1791 to 1804 III The Influence of the Haitian Revolution in the Americas I Brief Summary of Haiti’s Colonial History Haiti is a Caribbean nation on the western half of the island of Santo Domingo (the eastern half of the island is the Dominican Republic). Haiti was a French colony in the 18 th century. Prior to the 18 th century, Haiti had been a Spanish colony since 1492 (when Columbus had landed on the island and named it ‘Hispaniola’. From its earliest colonial history, Haiti was intended to be the site of large scale plantation slavery. The first Africans were brought to Haiti as slaves in 1503. Haiti’s slave plantations mainly produced sugar for the European market. When the French took control of Haiti from the Spanish in the 1600s, they kept the slave system in place. Haiti’s sugar was a major source of revenue for France, and its sugar production was constantly being increased....
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- Spring '07
- History, Haitian Revolution