Jean Jacques Dessalines

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Dessalines, Jean Jacques


Born around 1760; died Oct. 17, 1806, near Port-au-Prince. One of the leaders of the rebellion of Haitian Negroes and mulattoes for independence from France.

A Negro, until 1790 he was the slave of one Dessalines, whose last name he adopted. In 1791, Dessalines took part in a rebellion of Negro slaves and mulattoes against the plantation owners and soon became one of the closest aides of the leader of the rebellion, F. Toussaint-L’Ouverture. After the capture of Toussaint-L’Ouverture by the French in 1802, Dessalines continued to lead the rebellion until the French were driven from Haiti and the country’s independence was declared (January 1804). At the end of 1804 he proclaimed himself emperor of Haiti under the name Jacob I. He began to distribute land among Negroes and mulattoes, evoking the wrath of the large landowners. Dessalines was killed by conspirators.

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Toussaint's replacement, the hard-line Jean-Jacques Dessalines, massacred many of the treacherous whites on the island on the way to establishing an independent and free-state Haiti in 1804.
Though the revolution, inspired by Toussaint L'Ouverture and commanded by General Jean-Jacques Dessalines after L'Ouverture's capture by the French, earned Haiti its independence, the ferocity of the rebels so frightened the rest of the world that Haiti remained an isolated country without diplomatic recognition.
If Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the liberator and first president of Haiti, were alive today Aliodor says, he would lead the people in a revolution against the government, foreign soldiers and other foreigners who a year on, still are not really helping people to get their lives back to any normality.
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1804: Haitian rebels under Jean-Jacques Dessalines win independence from France.
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