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Welcome to The Louverture Project, a free Haitian history resource

Revolutionizing the study of history through open access and community participation.
For the roadmap to the revolution, start with –

A Haitian Revolution Primer

First-time visitors, read the sidebar, "About The Louverture Project," then click on Help
Who am I?

I was born into slavery, worked as a veterinarian and coachman, and was freed at age 33. After living an unassuming life, I joined the rebellion at age 45 as the camp doctor.
Who am I?

Who am I?

I'm originally from France. While in Saint-Domingue, I freed 15,000 slaves, armed them with weapons, and suggested massacring all the whites on the island. I eventually married my mulatto mistress.
Who am I?

Who am I?

My mother's name was Rose Bossy. In my native Bordeaux, I learned the trade of silversmith. Later, as leader of the revolution in the south of Saint-Domingue, I often left the war to go throw parties.
Who am I?

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About The Louverture Project

The Louverture Project (TLP) collects and promotes knowledge, analysis, and understanding of the Haitian revolution of 1789–1804. This unique history project follows the example of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, and is committed to creating a vast, accessible, and useful open content resource. Like Wikipedia, The Louverture Project is built and maintained by a community of users, all of whom have access to and responsibility for editing the 467 pages (and growing) currently online.

To put it simply, anything you read here, you can edit. Anything you think should be added, you can add. The success of The Louverture Project depends entirely on your participation. Please see the Help pages for more about how to use this site effectively.

NOTE: The information on The Louverture Project is under heavy development. The authors strive for accuracy at every stage, but by the nature of the project, articles will be rewritten on an ongoing basis.

One important feature of The Louverture Project is the development of a historical narrative to accompany the encyclopedic collection of facts on the site. The Revolution Will Be Forgotten is a work in progress, a popular history of the events of 1789–1804 and their effects on the world at large. Readers of the online narrative will have the freedom to read the text on its own, or to explore the ideas, concepts, and facts referenced in the text in varying levels of detail. Of course, TLP will also function as a fully-searchable online resource for a wide range of Haiti-related historical material.

Though we're starting out with a focus on the Revolutionary Period of Haitian history, it's not easy to tell exactly when – or if – the effects of that revolution ended. Therefore, the scope of the site is bound to expand as more contributors come online. Be bold in adding to and editing the site. Let it be l'ouverture – the opening – to knowledge and understanding of a fascinating, important, and too-long ignored piece of world history.

--Stumax 12:58, 7 Aug 2004 (PDT)

Read the Online Narrative

The Revolution Will Be Forgotten
Everything you don't know about the World's Greatest Revolution... and why you should care.
A history of the Haitian Revolution of 1789–1804

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One: The Haitian Revolution in a Nutshell
Chapter Two: Haiti Is and Isn't Haiti
Chapter Three: Bois Caiman: The Revolution is Called to Order
Chapter Four: What the Heck Was Going On in France?
Chapter Five: Louverture Enters the Fray
Chapter Six: Sonthonax, Laveaux, et al
Chapter Seven: America: Edward Stevens and Adams' Constitution
Chapter Eight: The British are Conquered; Pax Louverture
Chapter Nine: France Wakes Up and Smells No Coffee
Chapter Ten: Betrayal Sparks the Final Push for Independence
Chapter Eleven: Repercussions: The Americas and the Caribbean
Chapter Twelve: Repercussions: Britain and France
Chapter Thirteen: Haiti's Ongoing Struggle
Chapter Fourteen: True Heroes of the Forgotten Revolution
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