The first – and only – successful uprising of enslaved Africans, establishing Haiti as the first independent ‘black’ republic.
The campaign for the abolition of Transatlantic slavery, acts of resistance by those who were enslaved, and opposition from those who stood to benefit from the brutal trade in African people.
The wars precipitated by the struggles for independence and attempts at empire building that characterise the Age of Revolution, and their impact on the changing world map.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758 – 1806) was born into slavery in St Domingue (now Haiti) he went on to become the first ruler of the independent republic.
In 1791 Toussaint Louverture (1743 – 1803), who was born into slavery, led the first - and only - successful uprising of enslaved Africans.