The French Revolution vs. The Haitian Revolution
A revolution is a shift, a turning point, a change in government. A revolution usually occurs when the majority of a nation is frustrated with the economic, political, or the social situation of their country. Two very interesting revolutions were the Haitian and the French revolutions. While the Haitian and French revolutions took place in close proximity to one another, the cause for the revolutions and results were quite different. The political situation at the time of the revolution was the white French planters who owned the large cotton, tobacco, and sugar cane plantations. Then came the Petit Blanc who were the artisans and workers. The Petit Blancs had some slaves but were extremely racist. They were jealous of the Free Persons of Color. These blacks abandoned all African heritage, they acted white, were racist towards other blacks, and were not citizens. Following the Free Persons of Color came the Domestics slaves. These were the House slaves who were loyal to their masters and treated better than the next group; the Field Slaves. The Field Slaves worked under horrible conditions, they wanted freedom and a black republic, and they retained their African Heritage. Finally came the Maroons who were fugitive slaves who had escaped to the mountains, they want a black revolution. Both the French and Haitian revolution took place in 1791. This was no coincidence. France was struggling with an economic crisis as well as a revolution of their own. The political leaders Haiti realized that this was the perfect time to revolt. Because of the economic crisis going on in France, France couldn’t afford to send troops across the Atlantic to protect the oppressive Planters. France’s turmoil at home required the French Government to focus domestically not on their territorial Haiti. The goal of the Haitian revolution was to separate from France and create a free black republic. Field slaves had become...
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