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About The Louverture Project

The Louverture Project (TLP) collects and promotes knowledge, analysis, and understanding of the Haitian revolution of 1791–1804. 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 online content.

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 constant development. By the nature of the project the validity of the information presented here cannot be guaranteed. That said, providing accurate information is an explicit aim of the site, so if you see something that's in error, please correct it. Or, see the Community Portal page to contact the site editor.

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 17911804 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.

For more, see the Help page.