November 18

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5 Gourdes banknote with an image of the monument of the Battle of Vertières.

1801

1803

The Battle of Vertières.
  • On November 18, 1803 the Battle of Vertières between the French troops under General Rochambeau and the Haitian troops under Dessalines takes place. The Haitian troops among them the Haitian Ninth Brigade under François Capois, named 'La Mort' (French: The Death) won a decisive victory in this last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, causing French surrender and leading to Haitian independence in 1804.

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