Saint Domingue was one of the richest colonies of the Americas during the late eighteenth century. Its extravagance resulted from their large production of highly demanded coffee, cotton, and sugar, which heavily depended on strict slave regime. Slaves, many whom were African born, made up the vast majority of the population and suffered poor working and living conditions. The anger of slaves caused the Haitian Revolution, which would lead to Haiti freeing itself from its oppressor and becoming an independent republic in the Caribbean. The Haitian Revolution created a profound effect not only the former French colony, but also acted as a leader for reformation around the world.
Within the period of 1750 to 1914, changes were taking place around the world. New empires and nations began growing and expanding their territory, and as a result of these actions, wars, bankruptcy, and rebellions became more common. An example is the American Revolution, in which the American colonists, who were influenced by new philosophies and the sense of nationalism, fought and gained their independence from Britain. This revolution eventually inspired others throughout the world as it was successful in gaining the colonies independence from a powerful European empire. Those revolutions include the Haitian and French Revolution. The Haitian Revolution can be compared to the French revolution in that they were both influenced by the Enlightenment
There are several similarities and differences between the American and Haitian Declarations of Independence. The Haitian Declaration of Independence seems to focus primarily on freeing themselves from the French’s influence and slavery. Several times throughout the document, the French are referred to as a tyranny. It is very clear that the new Haitian government wants nothing to do with the French. In fact, they want to “wash away” all memories of what life was like with the French in power. Furthermore, this document uses a lot of figurative language to further prove the points being made.
French overthrew their internal government, while Haiti overthrew their external government. The French revolution was the start of enlightenment ideas coming into place in Europe. The french were in debt The French monarchs had unlimited power and also declared themselves as representatives of god. This revolution stirred among the French leading to the rise of Napoleon. The Haitian Revolution influenced slave rebellions in the United States and the British Colonies.
However, Haiti was an entirely unexpected circumstance. Haiti was a province of France and was misused for its monetary purposes and as a noteworthy market slave exchange. Consequently, it was under a remote control that had no goal of giving rights or freedom to the slaves. So, when France began writing its Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, it started many minor slave rebellions, eventually causing
Allison Yi 10/17/16 10th Grade Global History Period 7 Introduction: Revolutions were significant events in history that dramatically affected the rights of the inhabitants. The Latin American revolution as well as the Haitian revolution were led to gain independence from the colonial power of France, Spain, and Portugal. The Latin American revolution led by Simon Bolivar and the Haitian Revolution have both similarities and differences as they both started due to the want for political, economic and social changes. BP1 Topic Sentence: The Latin American and Haitian revolution were both started due to the want for social change because of the inhumane treatment they were receiving.
Comparative Essay The late 18th and 19th century brought about the French and Haitian Revolutions. Both revolutions were connected to each other because of the link between France and Haiti, known then as St Domingue. However, there were also differences as far as political, economic and social causes were concerned. One of the political causes of the French revolution was the weak monarchy.
People created change by revolting against the power who enslaved them. The Haitians created change by rising against their captors based on the text. With that revolution, the French had lost money from the war that they were fighting and had to make some tough decisions.
Image Ownership: Public Domain The Haitian Revolution has often been described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony. The Haitian Revolution, however, was much more complex, consisting of several revolutions going on simultaneously.
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.
In the newly independent Haiti, all Haitians were defined as "black," and the notion of being black in Haiti was not an issue of phenotype but, “of a commitment to the values of equality and freedom and an opposition to colonialism”. Thus, generating a psychological shock to the emerging intellectual traditions of, “an increasingly racist Europe and North America that saw a hierarchical world eternally dominated by types representative of their own somatic images”. In Haiti, all citizens were legally equal, regardless of color, race, or condition, and civic participation was extended to all Haitians, and citizens were encouraged to utilize their freedom by expressing their rights. In the aftermath of the revolution, it became important to Haiti, that emancipation would be permanently maintained for all citizens of
Creole Power in Latin America Everyone wants power. It is what drives mankind to do things, the urge to be powerful and supreme over all others. The greed for power has influenced many events in the past and present, and will most likely in the future, and it is one of the main reasons the the Creoles started the Latin American Revolution. Between 1811 and 1830 uprisings turned into revolution, and one by one the colonies declared the independence from Spain. As a result, Latin America was free, and it was all because the Creoles took charge and lead the fight to freedom.
The Haitian revolution was triggered by the desire for Haitian blacks and multi-racial people to be treated with respect and decorum and the cruelty faced by slaves. The Haitians took pattern from the French in carrying out there revolts. The successful revolts from the French inspired the free people of color and the enslaved Haitians to revolt against the systems which treated them unfairly, this revolt led to represent a new notion of human rights, partaking in government, and universal nationality. In the 18th century, Haiti as we know it, was France 's wealthiest overseas colony, solely because of its production of coffee, sugar, indigo, and cotton produced by an enslaved labor force.
The Haitian revolution cannot be fully explained without examination of the society that existed before the revolution.
Haiti was important for the region, it was considered the gateway to the Caribbean. It was under Spanish rule for quite some time however it was neglected by Spain so France moved in. Sant-Domingue played a pivotal role in the French economy, accounting for almost two-thirds of French commercial interests abroad and about 40 percent of foreign trade. Saint-Domingue produced approximately 60 percent of the world’s coffee and 40 percent of the sugar imported by France and Britain.