Louisiana Purchase and Lewis

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Louisiana Purchase and Lewis & Clark The story of the Louisiana Purchase begins, improbably, with burning fields of Haitian sugar cane . In 1791, taking advantage of divisions among colonial rulers created by the roiling French Revolution , slaves on the French Caribbean island colony of Saint-Domingue (today's Haiti) rose up en masse , launching the only successful slave rebellion in recorded human history. Theirs was no small accomplishment; at the time sugar was one of the world's most valuable commodities , and Saint-Domingue was the greatest producer of sugar in the world. The slaves, who burned down the cane fields, freed their neighbors, and organized themselves into ferocious armies under skilled leaders like Toussaint Louverture, eventually defeated not only French but also British and Spanish military efforts to reimpose the slave regime. By 1804, the slaves had gained complete control of the island, declaring independence and thereby transforming Saint- Domingue, the crown jewel of the French colonial empire, into Haiti, the world's first black
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