- 1804 marks the first year of independence from French colonialism and the end of slavery for Haiti. Jean-Jacques Dessalines has Saint-Domingue renamed to Haïti.
- Port Républicain is renamed Port-au-Prince by Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
- Fort Dauphin is renamed Fort Liberté.
- Cap Français is renamed Cap Haïtien.
- On January 1 Jean-Jacques Dessalines reads the Act of Independence on the Place d'Armes of Gonaïves. Haiti permanently abolishes slavery and becomes independent from France.
- On January 8 Saint-Jean Louverture the youngest son of Suzanne and Toussaint Louverture dies in French captivity.
- Napoléon Bonaparte has himself crowned Emperor of the French (Empereur des Français) under the name Napoleon I on May 18.
- On July 22 Victor Schoelcher, the abolitionist and biographer of Toussaint Louverture (Vie de Toussaint Louverture - 1889) was born in Paris, France.
- Jean-Jacques Dessalines is crowned emperor of Haiti under the name of H.I.M. Jacques I, Emperor of Haiti at the Church of Champ-de-Mars on October 8.
- Act of Independence (French)
- The Struggle for the Recognition of Haiti and Liberia as Independent Republics = Article from The Journal of Negro History (1917).
- Black August 2004 by Mumia Abu Jamal - Mumia Abu Jamal comments on the Haitian Revolution culminating in the events of 1804(2004).
- YouTube: Black August 2004 by Mumia Abu Jamal (audio/video) - Version read by Mr. Jamal, set to music track and images of war.