Regrann from @irationrebel - Jean-Jacques Dessalines
Born as a slave and later became a leader of the Haitian Revolution and an Emperor of Haiti (1804–1806 under the name of H.I.M. Jacques I, Emperor of Haiti). He was crowned with his wife 2 at the Church of Champ-de-Mars on October 8, 1804. Dessalines fought with Toussaint Louvertureagainst the British and French. After turning against Toussaint and joining Leclerc, Dessalines eventually became the leader of the revolution. A fierce warrior, his motto was "Koupe tet, boule kay" - "Cut off the head, burn down the house." (Wilentz) Dessalines declared Saint-Domingue's independence on January 1, 1804, and became the Black republic's first leader: the self-declared Emperor of Haiti (1804–1806 under the name of Jacques I; French: Jacques, Empereur Ier d'Haïti). "A handsome, 'red-skinned' Negro from Senegal 1, fearless in the field and unscrupulous off it." "In a battle near Cape François, Rochambeau (French General) took five hundred black prisoners, and put them all to death the same day. Dessalines, hearing of this, brought five hundred white prisoners in sight of the French, and hung them up, so that the cruel monster could see the result of his own barbarous example. "Nearly all historians have set him down as a bloodthirsty monster, who delighted in the sufferings of his fellow-creatures. They do not rightly consider the circumstances that surrounded him, and the foe that he had to deal with."
"Insofar as we can talk intelligibly about a caste system in post-colonial Haiti, Dessalines was it's adversary." Jean-Jacques Dessalines letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1803. On declaring independence, Dessalines is reported to have created the Haitian flag by tearing out the white out of the French tricolor. The Haitian national anthem La Dessalinienne is named in Dessalines honor. Dessalines is widely regarded by Haitians as one of the outstanding heroes in the struggle against slavery and colonialism, in this spirit he is also affectionately called: 'Papa Desalin' (lit. Father Dessalines).[...]🤴🏿✊🏿💯
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