Haitian Revolution Events

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The instigating event of the Haitian Revolution exposes the comparison between the victors and the losers of war and all the rippling effects in the aftermath of such conflicts. Most historians agree that the revolutions of the Atlantic world were an intertwined journey for sovereignty and equality that led to mutual and progressive influences. Every event influenced the next and perpetuated the stimuli as well as compounding instigating factors. By comparing and analyzing the status of the French and British Empires following the Seven-Years War, historians can further research the influences this event had on the events in Haiti and the mainland colonies. Following the loss of the war, France suffered from developing debt and an identity crisis. During the 18th century, the British Empire was the dominant economic and military power throughout the Atlantic World. King Louis XIV exhausted substantial military and financial resources in attempts to re-establish the reputation of the French Empire. The king demanded reimbursement for military expenses in the protection offered to Haiti. This,…show more content…
The British in comparison to the French had no perceived weakness and the colonies would have to overcome a powerful, fully engaged motherland. The American Revolution was founded in political independence from Britain, whereas the Haitian revolution was based on social injustice. I would argue against Knight’s statement that economics was not part of the American Revolution. The American Revolution was not only a revolution for democracy but also a revolution for lower taxes and no taxation without political representation. Unlike the Haitian movement, equal rights among people was discussed but not necessarily acted upon in the
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