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  • Avengers of the New World

  • The Story of the Haitian Revolution
  • By: Laurent DuBois
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when thousands of brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue, the most profitable colony in the 18th-century Atlantic world. Within a few years, the slave insurgents forced the French administrators of the colony to emancipate them, a decision ratified by revolutionary Paris in 1794. This victory was a stunning challenge to the order of master/slave relations throughout the Americas, including the Southern United States, reinforcing the most fervent hopes of slaves and the worst fears of masters.

But, peace eluded Saint-Domingue as British and Spanish forces attacked the colony. A charismatic ex-slave named Toussaint Louverture came to France's aid, raising armies of others like himself and defeating the invaders. Ultimately Napoleon, fearing the enormous political power of Toussaint, sent a massive mission to crush him and subjugate the ex-slaves. After many battles, a decisive victory over the French secured the birth of Haiti and the permanent abolition of slavery from the land. The independence of Haiti reshaped the Atlantic world by leading to the French sale of Louisiana to the United States and the expansion of the Cuban sugar economy.

©2004 Laurent Dubois (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Jason Madden
  • 17-11-2021

Informative but reads like a history textbook.

Interesting but reads like a history textbook. Parts of it are very dry and some oats hard to get through.

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  • C.K. Endo
  • 17-08-2021

A must read…

For anyone interested in the history of slavery, the French Revolution, the decisions of Napoleon and the place of Haitian revolution in the History of the New World and in the love of liberty that dwells in every human heart!

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  • Eugene
  • 31-07-2021

A Must Read

I have learned so much about Toussaint and the most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. I have a new found respect for those freedom fighters who gave their all for the ideal and reality of freedom from slavery.

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