Simón Bolivar received help from the Haitian goverment under Alexandre Pétion for his military campaigns. Pétion secretly supplied Bolivar with 4,000 muskets, 15,000 pounds of powder, flints, lead and a printing press and asked in return for South America's slaves to be freed. (Heinl p. 158). Bolivar left Haiti on April 10, 1816 for Venezuela, but returned in mid September of that year to Les Cayes after lost battles in South America. Resupplied by Pétion he sailed again from Haiti on December 28, 1816, this time to successfully conclude his struggle for South American liberation from colonialism .
Despite the crucial logistical support from Haiti, Bolivar never recognized the independence of the former French colony Saint-Domingue.
- Heinl, Robert Debs, Jr; Heinl, Nancy Gordon; & Heinl, Michael (Rev. & Exp) (1996). Written In Blood: The Story of the Haitian People, 1492–1995 (Revised edition). Lanham, MD: University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-0230-4.
- Wikipedia: Simón Bolivar