How Haiti Achieved Independence
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|How Haiti achieved independence
Ha´ti is the first republic in the world to have been led by a person of African descent: Jean-Jaques Dessalines. This is not however the only historically significant aspect of this country. Notably, it is Dessalines' victory over Rochambeau, in Vertieres, that forced Napoleon to abandon his bid for the control of Louisiana and eventually, the rest of the `New World'. Therefore, weren't it for Dessalines and his troops of freed slaves of African origin, the United States of America would most likely not be what they are today.
One is also forced to notice some similarities between the early histories of Ha´ti and the U.S.A. Both were formerly inhabited by indigeneous populations which were decimated by colonists. Both prospered economically through the labor of slaves shipped in from Africa, and both fought for indepence around the turn of the 18th century. Their post-independence path, especially from an economic standpoint have however been ...
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