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An nou pote kole pou dekole MINUSTAH: Bring the Rage to Kick Out MINUSTAH

Translation of statement from Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye announcing July 28, 2011 protest against the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Kreyol original follows. July 28, 1915 – July 28, 2011.  It has been ninety-six years since the U.S. imperial army landed in our country. They occupied us for nineteen years, killed many of […]

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Arcahaie, Haiti, 18 May 1803

He it was who tore the white band from the French tricolor flag as a visible symbol of the extinction of white power. Earl Leslie Griggs and Clifford H. Prator, Eds. Henry Christophe and Thomas Clarkson: A Correspondence (1952) The widely held belief was that on 18 May 1803 at Arachie Dessalines had torn the […]

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines

What then? Bent for many ages under an iron yoke; the sport of the passions of men, or their injustice, and of the caprices of fortune; mutilated victims of the cupidity of white Frenchmen; after having fattened with our toils these insatiate blood suckers, with a patience and resignation unexampled, we should again have seen […]

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Haiti: Le Serment des Ancêtres

Lethière Guillaume Guillon, Le Serment des Ancêtres (1822), Museée National d’Haïti, Port-au-Prince, Haïti Lethière Guillaume Guillon (1760-1832)

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May 18th: Haitian Flag Day

Historically, students in Haiti learn that on May 18th, 1803, in a congress held at Arachaie, a township located about fifty miles north of Port-au-Prince, Dessalines created the country’s first flag. Ripping apart a French one — blue, white and red, he threw away the white portion that was in the center and asked Catherine […]

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Haiti: Madame Toussaint, Empress Dessalines

The widow of the unfortunate Toussaint has just landed upon our continent. Her account of her own and her husband’s sufferings, from Bonaparte’s tyranny, would be incredible, were they not already equaled by the Corsican’s former atrocities. “An Account of the Wife of Toussaint L’Ouverture,” The Christian Observer (1804) Josephine Dessalines is humane, good-natured, and […]

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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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