- On March 21, 1797 Thomas Maitland becomes the Governor of Bristish occupied parts of Saint-Domingue.
- Toussaint Louverture becomes the Governor General of Saint-Domingue on April 1.
- Toussaint sends his Rapport addressé au Directoire executif par le citoyen Toussaint Louverture, general en chef des Forces de la République francaise a Saint-Domingue. to the French Directory, detailing his conversations with Sonthonax
- On August 27, Sonthonax and his family leave Saint-Domingue on the frigate L'Indien en route to France, after having been expelled by Toussaint Louverture.
- Toussaint Louverture sends a letter to the French Directory on November 5, taking a stand of Republican values. This was perhaps the key turning point for Toussaint in defending Saint-Domingue's liberty. (Fick)
- Fick, Carolyn, Concordia University. "The Slave Revolution and the Unfolding of Independence in Saint-Domingue, 1801-1804." The Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, an International Scholarly Conference. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI. June 19, 2004.