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1788 < 1789 > 1790

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, handwritten copy from 1789.
The Tennis Court Oath of 1789.
In 1789 "St. Domingo had attained a height of prosperity not surpassed in the history of European colonies. It supplied half Europe with sugar, coffee and cotton." H.E. Mills (Korngold, p. 12) 8,000 plantations were producing crops for export. (Geggus, p. 5)

In 1789 Vincent Ogé makes a motion to the Assembly of Colonists in Paris.

At the beginning of 1789, a year after it's founding in 1788, the Société des Amis des Noirs (French anti-slavery organization) has over 140 members.


  • On June 20 deputies of the Third Estate swore the Tennis Court Oath at Versailles. This marks the start of the French Revolution. This revolution had an profound impact on the revolutionary events in Saint-Domingue, whose beginnings are usually dated to the meeting at Bois Caïman, the event that started the Boukman Rebellion in 1791.




  • Geggus, David Patrick (2002). Haitian Revolutionary Studies (Blacks in the Diaspora). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34104-3.
  • Korngold, Ralph (1944). Citizen Toussaint. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. LCCN 44007566.
  • Wikipedia contributors (2006). Tennis Court Oath. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:41, May 5, 2006 [1].