1802 is a crucial year of the Haitian Revolution, in which Napoléon Bonaparte's troops arrive from France to attempt to reinstate slavery and Toussaint Louverture the military and political leader and revolutionary is captured by the deceitful French and French troops re-establish slavery in Guadeloupe.
- In February 1802 General Rochambeau captures Fort Dauphin in the Northeast.
- On February 2 the French expeditionary force, commanded by General Leclerc, lands in Le cap
- On February 5 Napoléon Bonaparte's brother in law, the French General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc becomes the Governor General of Saint-Domingue. He had been sent to reestablish slavery in the French colony.
- On February 8 Toussaint sends a letter to Jean-Jacques Dessalines asking him to burn down Port-au-Prince, to hinder the advance of the French troops.
- On February 17 the French General Leclerc issues a proclamation in Saint-Domingue.
- On February 23, the Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres is fought between Haitian and French troops.
- The Battle of Crête-à-Pierrot, in the Artibonite valley, takes place over twenty days from March 4 to March 24. The Haitian fighters, although ultimately loosing the battle, caused huge losses among the French troops and ultimately proved their military abilities.
- On April 1 the French General Antoine Richepanse sets sail for Guadeloupe.
- On May 8 Antoine Richepanse arrives in Guadeloupe. He had been sent by Napoléon Bonaparte to retake the French colony.
- On May 20 Napoléon Bonaparte issues a decree re-establishing slavery in the French colonies.
- On May 28 the French General Richepanse restores slavery in the Eastern Caribbean colony of Guadeloupe.
- On June 7 French troops capture Toussaint Louverture by deceit. He is shortly thereafter transferred to France and later to the French mountain prison, Fort de Joux.
- On July 12 Toussaint Louverture writes a letter letter to Napoléon from onboard the French ship Le Heros, pleading for his wife and family.
- On August 2 Napoléon Bonaparte is proclaimed Consul for Life.
- On August 12 Placide Louverture writes a letter to his parents, which was later found under Toussaint's pillow, he would never see his father again.
- On August 13 Toussaint Louverture was taken from aboard the Le Heros, anchored in the French coastal city of Brest, at 5:00 am. He never saw his family again.
- On August 23 Toussaint Louverture and his servant Mars Plaisir arrive at Fort de Joux.
- On September 3 Antoine Richepanse, who had re-introduced slavery in the French-Caribbean colony of Guadeloupe, dies in Basse-Terre.
- On September 7 Mars Plaisir, Tossaint's servant, is taken away from him and sent to the coastal city of Nantes.
- On September 15 General Caffarelli, sent by Napoléon Bonaparte to interrogate Toussaint Louverture in his French prison cell at Fort de Joux, meets Toussaint for the first time.
- On September 17 Toussaint Louverture writes a letter to Napoléon from the dungeon at Fort de Joux.
- On October 2 Charles and Sanite Bélair are executed by firing squad in Le Cap.
- On October 27 The French Minister of the Marine and the Colonies, Decrès, writes a letter to the Commandant of Fort de Joux relaying Napoléon's orders regarding the harsh conditions under which Toussaint Louverture should be kept in prison.
- General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc dies of yellow-fever on November 1 on the island of La Tortue, he was the Commander-in-Chief of the French expeditionary force sent by Napoléon Bonaparte to re-establish slavery in Saint-Domingue.
- On November 2 Rochambeau becomes the Governor-General of Saint-Domingue. He will hold this post until the end of November 1803, when he is defeated by the Revolutionary troops under the command of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
- On December 16, The Courier of New Hampshire carries an article titled French Cruelties in Saint-Domingue.
- LAMECA: 1802, la rébellion en Guadeloupe - The events of 1802 in the French colony. (French text)