Haitian Revolution

Déclaration d’Indépendance d’Haïti (1804) (Via Public Record Office, London)

This copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence, published by the government, is located in the collection of the Public Record Office, in a register of documents from Jamaica. (See here for full details).

Translation of Declaration into Kreyòl by Jacques Pierre (Video via Haiti Lab Facebook)

Jacques Pierre has translated the Declaration into Kreyòl: in this video, from the Haitian Studies Association Meetings in November, 2010, he reads the text.

Marcus Rainsford, An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti (Via Internet Archive)

This account, by an English visitor who witnessed many of the key events of the war of independence, provides a sympathetic description of Toussaint Louverture and details about the struggle against the French. The engravings from the work have been widely reproduced.

Toussaint Louverture’s 1801 Constitution (pdf of newspaper publication via “The Rise of Modern Constitutionalism”)

Louverture’s 1801 Constitution made him Governor-for-life and created an autonomous regime for Saint-Domingue, which while it remained a colony of France was placed largely under his control. It was written by a commission staffed largely by white planters, along with the homme de couleur Julien Raimond.

Mémoires du général Toussaint-Louverture, écrits par lui-même, pouvant servir à l’histoire de sa vie, ed. Saint-Rémy (1853) (Via Gallica)

Toussaint Louverture left behind several different manuscript memoirs. This publication presented an edited version of one of them.

J.R. Beard, Toussaint L’Ouverture, a Biography and Autobiography (1863) (Via Internet Archive)

A translation of the memoirs published by Saint-Rémy, this edition also provided additional material to present Louverture to an Anglophone audience.

Toussaint Louverture, Loi du 13 Juillet 1801 sur la Division du Territoire

This law, signed by Toussaint Louverture on July 13, 1801, establishes the division of territory in the colony of Saint-Domingue.

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