Haiti, known as the "jewel of the islands", was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world, and the second republic in the Americas when it gained independence in 1804 as part of a successful slave revolution lasting nearly a decade. Our Heroes Toussaint Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessaline.
In 1807 the slave trade was abolished in Britain, and in 1834 slavery itself was abolished throughout the British Empire - largely due to the work of William Wilberforce. In 1804 an independent Black African nation was established in Haiti - marking the end of slavery in the West Indies and Africa.
haiti history 1940s museum quai branly A Haitian extended family gathers for a group photo. Visiting anthropologists like Mercer Cook and Haiti’s very own Jean Price Mars noted that in the countryside, Haitian families kept the living traditions of their ancestors in Africa, including the “lakou” system, in which various families lived in one unit. Even today, when some of our parents say ‘fanmi’, they don’t just mean mom, dad, kids, they mean practically the whole family tree!
Jean Jacques Dessalines, hero of the Haitian Revolution. The recent presentation from Black History Studies entitled "Slavery Is Not Our History" detailed many of the ways in which enslaved African people liberated themselves and fought against kidnapping, genocide and mass enslavement in Africa, on board the slave ships, on many Caribbean islands, and in South America and the United States.