Mr. Toussaint was born into a black family who worked on the plantation of Monsieur Breda. On this plantation, Toussaint was educated be Mr. Breda in French, Latin and Mathematics. He was the eldest of eight children and he grew up with the privileges of a colored.
“I grew up with more than the black person and for that I thank Monsieur Breda in those days a black person would not have had what I had.”
Many people think his passion for the freedom of St. Domingue (Haiti) lay in the fact that he himself was black and grasped an understanding for their hardships. Today Monsieur Toussaint has revealed the driving force behind his passion.
“I wanted to see St. Domingue become independent and to stop having to submit to the authority of the French. I wanted to see them freed from inhumane treatment that they received at the hand of their masters. My passion for the freedom of St. Domingue stemmed from my own personal experiences. Despite the generosity of Monsieur Breda the level of struggle evident among the blacks still formed a lasting impression in my mind. In which there was inequality, where blacks deserved more than they got”
These were the words of Toussaint, his passion revealed, a mystery so great; finally answered. Toussaint went on to talk about the choice of the revolution as a means of attaining freedom:
“At the time, St. Domingue was under the control of France. France desired to overthrow their
King since they were dissatisfied with decisions made by them. Similarly, St. Domingue
was also dissatisfied with the treatment they received from France. Since the French Revolution
was successful, copying this, the different classes united to overthrow the authorities and became
equal with the Grand Blancs.”
Toussaint explained his strong belief into the revolution being the only solution. When reminded of this statement, “the gun is your liberty”, He explained what his thoughts were at this...
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