Haiti: Liberty or Death

Never again shall a Colonial or an European set his foot upon this territory with the title of master or proprietor. This resolution shall henceforward form the fundamental basis of our constitution.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, “Liberty or Death: Proclamation,” Balance and Columbian Repository (June 19, 1804)

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  1. dominique
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    From ashes and dust, Jean-Jacques
    rose, bronze eagle, binding
    wretched of new world, to burn, sack
    and hack fresh tracks through the dark
    jungle of white dominion.
    Black iron clash and blue blood shed
    as armies fled the wrath
    of gilded African oppressed.
    who would be free . . . or dead.

    W.P.

    Source: Nicholls, David (1996). From Dessalines to Duvalier. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2239-0

  2. Posted October 17, 2011 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Liberty or Death: Proclamation: http://t.co/1kdRj9rY #haiti

  3. Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    “Never again shall a Colonial or an European set his foot upon this territory with the title of master or proprietor.” http://t.co/0dp87UeB

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