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* '''October 15''' Toussaint has joiined the revolution and writes [[Toussaint letter to Biassou during Boukman Rebellion|this letter]] to [[Georges Biassou]].
Revision as of 11:43, 27 February 2006vodou ceremonies at Bois Caïman and the start of the Boukman Rebellion. And Michel Etienne Descourtilz gives a French version of the events in the History of the Disasters in Saint-Domingue.
In 1791 Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse 1 , who had just been given the command of the frigate La Prudente, was sent on a mission to transport French troops to Saint-Domingue. Arriving shortly before the breakout of the Boukman Rebellion that launched the Haitian Revolution, he then helped governor Blanchelande to transport troops around the French colony.
- On May 15, the French legislature passed racial reforms urged by Julien Raimond, giving wealthy free-born men of color the right to vote in the colonies.
- On June 8 Henri Grégoire, the influential member of the french abolitionist group Société des Amis des Noirs, wrote a letter to the Citizens of Color and Free Negroes of Saint-Domingue.
- Dutty Boukman and Cécile Fatiman lead the vodou ceremony at Bois Caïman on August 14. This sparks the Boukman Rebellion and also marks the start of the Haitian Revolution.
- The French Commissioners Ignace-Frédéric de Mirbeck, Saint-Léger and Philippe-Rose Roume de Saint-Laurent arrived in Saint-Domingue on November 29, 1791.
Note 1: In December of 1802, Villaret de Joyeuse commanded the fleet of ships sailing from the French port of Brest to re-establish slavery in Saint-Domingue. The Brest Fleet carried the bulk of the French forces under General Leclerc. Villaret de Joyeuse was also politically active and campaigned vehemently against the emancipation of slaves.