Caribbeanization of N. America

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Robyn Brown
Caribbeanization of North America

In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed on to the island of Hispaniola which is now Haiti; it was originally Saint Dominique. Today the island has been separated into Haiti and Dominican Republic. Haiti is a country with a number of notable attributes, some good some not aren’t so good. St Domique was known one of the wealthiest colonies in the America. They were known in particular for products such as sugar and coffee which were great for exporting because of the abundance of these products.
One of the less favorable periods was from 1791-1804 when the Haitian Revolution took place. It was a period of conflict with the French colony of St. Dominique which ended slavery and as a result Haitian Republican was founded. In 1971 the slaves of St. Dominique started a revolution and as a result they successfully won permanent independence under the new nation.
The rebellion that was let by Toussaint L’ Ouverture was also a help the Haitian to win independence and freedom in several unique ways. 1801 was an important year in Haiti’s history. In 1801 Toussaint L’ Ouverture conquered St. Dominique and abolished slavery. Napoleon Bonaparte had gained power of France and had been the one to send Toussaint to St. Dominique to conquer the island, hence the revolution. With the capture of the island Toussaint sent a report to Napoleon informing him of the abolishment of slavery in Haiti. Napoleon was strongly against slavery being abolished in Haiti and as a result he sent 1600 troops to capture Toussaint and have his troop’s reinstated slavery. In 1803 Napoleon’s and his troops were forced out of St. Domique by Toussaint his troops.
President Jean Jacques declared Haiti a free republic; as a result many fled to St. Domique and then escaped to the United States. However they were harsher restrictions put on Blacks than on Whites…...