The Haitian Revolution: The Most Successful Revolution

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The Most Successful Revolution
From the beginning of the island Saint Domingue, France was doomed to losing this money making island. Overworking the Haitian people for the want to dominate the economic market lead to the fall of Saint Domingue and the rise of Haiti. The long fight for independence lasted from 1791 to 1804 and was led by a man named Toussaint Louverture. He is vital to the Haitian revolution, due to him bringing unity to the Haitian people, and emancipating all slaves (Haitian Revolution... History). This extremely successful revolution brought inspiration to many other Latin American Revolutions. While not all 10 stages are incorporated into the Haitian revolution, it can definitely see that most stages of Brinton’s Anatomy
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The underlying point that brought the Haitian revolution to be, was the want to be a free person and to end slavery. The French government was responsible for this alarming fact: “More slaves were imported every year... than the entire white population of the island” (Green). France dominated trade at the time, and became the richest colony in the Caribbean, but with the use of violence, inhumanity, and slaves (Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)). This can be seen as a “restriction in society”. During this revolution, there were four main classes known as: “Rich plantation owners, wealthy free people of color, petit blancs, and slaves” (Green), and everybody knew who they were. There was an obvious separation between classes and each class knew it. Adding onto this, we saw interesting hostility between two close social classes. The significance of the hostility between the petit blancs and the slaves was that the petit blancs were hostile, but their thoughts that fueled this hostility for slaves was illogical. The reasoning that they had was that they were less than slaves because they were not rich enough to own any (Hetler). One more piece of evidence that goes with Brinton’s Anatomy of a Revolution, but only to a certain extent, was the government not responding to the needs of slaves. The reason that this is only to a certain extent is that this…show more content…
Therefore, one can see that the Haitian revolution is not the best representation of Brinton’s anatomy, but it certainly follows most steps. This can be seen through the rise of Toussaint Louverture, the civil war, hostility between the petit blancs and slaves, brutality to the slaves, and much more. A direct consequence of this was other Latin American countries revolting. The Haitian revolution does demonstrate the conditions and stages of revolution from Brinton’s Anatomy of a Revolution because most of the steps have evidence to prove and support it. It is no surprise that this was one of the most successful revolutions, which was due to unity, and strength of the Haitian
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