A Haitian Revolution Primer
This page is a draft; need to develop further. --Stumax 18:38, 3 Dec 2004 (PST)
The Haitian Revolution can seem at times like a tangled thicket of stories, motives, characters, and events. To get the lay of the land, we suggest you start here, with these links to the essential characters and events of the period. Note that you might find the Timeline a useful resource as you read. Also check out the List of Books for in-depth resources.
Start with An Overview of the Haitian Revolution to get the satellite picture of the period.
Read about the major figures of the revolution: Toussaint Louverture, Sonthonax, Laveaux, Dessalines, Christophe, Rigaud, and Leclerc.
Continue with major events, such as the Boukman Rebellion, Toussaint's Constitution, Toussaint's Volte Face, LeClerc's Secret Orders.
Finish with such perspectives on the The Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase, Haiti's impact on the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and the legacy of the revolution.