The Impacts Of The Haitian Revolution

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The Haitian revolution had a massive impact on Haiti today and other countries around the world. It was the most successful slave uprising in the world and its story was an inspiration to many. The revolution that happened from 1791 to 1804 would later lead to the economic disaster that the country has become today. The country was discovered by an Italian navigator known as Christopher Columbus. He decided to call it La Isla Española and later changed it to Hispaniola. Soon after Columbus found the island, the Spanish enslaved the native people of the island called the Tainos. They were forced to mine and they all soon perished due to harsh conditions and diseases spread by the Europeans. After the natives died and the gold mines were mined out, the Spanish started bringing slaves from Africa and they were 90% of the population in Hispaniola. The island was full of plantations that the black slaves worked on and one plantation often had over 200 slaves working on it daily. The slaves started planting coffee beans, growing sugar canes, and raising cattle. Hispaniola quickly became very valuable and it produced 40% of Europe’s sugar and 60% of it 's coffee. This made Hispaniola more valuable which interested Europeans. In the early 1670’s, the French defeated the Spanish and took over the left side of Hispaniola. This french colony was named Saint-Domingue in 1697 and it was next to the Spanish colony, Santo Domingo. Once the French had established this colony, it quickly
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