- Marcus Rainsford's book:, An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint-Domingo; with its Ancient and Modern State is published in London. It is one of the earliest published positive accounts of the Haitian Revolution and it's protagonists, it seems that this is a (different) version of a book by Rainsford with similar name, also published in London in 1802.
- Work on the Citadelle Laferrière, a stone fortress south of Le Cap, begins.
- France stops using the French Republican Calendar, the Republic of Haiti had stopped using it prior to that year
On January 5, General Ferrand, the commander of the eastern part of Hispaniola, "ordered a sudden attack upon the Haitians, among whom only those under 14 years of age were to be taken prisoners, the others being destined evidently to be massacred; the boys and the girls under 10 years were to be sold and kept on the plantations of the colony; whilst those between the ages of 12 and 14 years were to be sold and deported." (Léger p. 157)
- Haiti adopts a black and red flag.
- After becoming the ruler of Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines promulgated the Haitian Constitution of 1805 on May 20.
- Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti - Section about Toussaint Louverture.
- Rainsford, Marcus (1802). A Memoir of Transactions that took place in St. Domingo... London: R.B. Scott.
- Léger, Jacques Nicolas. Haiti Her History And Her Detractors. (1907). The Neale Publishing Company. New York. available online - Accessed on August 16, 2007