January 1, 1804, the day Haitian slave and revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence from its French colonizers.
The revolution began on August 22nd, 1791 and involved Haitians, mixed Haitians, French, Spanish, and British participants.
From the battle, Toussaint L'Ouverture emerged as Haiti's most charismatic hero. L’Ouverture was an ex-enslaved person that became an enduring symbol for defiance from supremacy worldwide.
It was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state which was both free from slavery, and ruled by non-whites and former captives.
It is now widely seen as a defining moment in the history of racism in the Atlantic World.
The revolution sent ripples through adherents to the institution of slaver, especially throughout the Americas. The end of French rule and abolition of slavery in the former colony was followed by a successful defense of the freedoms they won,
With the collaboration of free persons of color, Haiti fully gained its independence from white Europeans. It represents the largest slave uprising since Spartacus's unsuccessful revolt against the Roman Republic nearly 1,900 years earlier.
It challenged long-held European beliefs about alleged black inferiority and about enslaved persons' capacity to achieve and maintain their own freedom. The rebels' organizational capacity and tenacity under pressure inspired stories that shocked and frightened slave owners in the hemisphere.
After acknowledging defeat in Saint-Domingue, Napoleon withdrew from North America, agreeing to the Louisiana Purchase by the United States.
New Year, New You?
Every New Year’s Eve and Day, people worldwide are encouraged by the hope of a fresh start.
Sources of inspiration are all around and as many are looking for their restart, I like to encourage people to look to the past.
Life is cyclical. As a result, there is truly nothing new just a remixed version to fit the current climate and culture.
When you are enduring through your day-to-day journey, a 9-to-5 job or a new independent career, you are revolting daily from the norm. The goal is always to make your own way and reminiscing over the stories of famous revolutions should provide hope.
It took a long 14 years for Haiti to achieve independence. Through that time many gave up and many more stayed the course.
The first day of the new year is here. Use it to reflect and visualize where you want to be. Understand that everything takes time but perseverance is the key to success.
An army of enslaved people waged war against their so-called masters for fourteen years and forced an entire nation out of the Americas and the Caribbean. Your struggle will never compare and will certainly bring you the result desired with perseverance.
Like Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Toussaint L'Ouverture know that independent minds require time to implement a revolution. Are you ready to jumpstart or continue your journey?
Cheers to Haiti for inspiring us all to this day.