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The French colony of Saint-Domingue was the single most lucrative colony in the New World.
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Wherein we find out what everyone thought about everyone else.
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The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen sure seemed to imply that men were born free and equal in rights. In fact, it explicitly said so.
First the whites revolted. Then the free coloreds revolted. Then the slaves REALLY revolted.
With slave revolts and civil war erupting in Saint-Domingue, the Legislative Assembly abolished all racial distinctions on April 4, 1792.
The Second Commission was supposed to implement the Law of April 4 and defeat the slave uprising. This turned out to be harder than they thought.
Le Cap burns. White colonial rule ends. The slaves are freed.
In February 1794, the National Convention not only ratified the emergency emancipation of the slaves, they extended it even further.
From the summer of 1794 to the summer of 1795, the future of Saint-Domingue hung in the balance.
By mid-1796, Toussaint Louverture had no rival on Saint-Domingue. Then Sonthonax came back.