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MEET THE LIBERATORS
Anacaona: Cacique (Queen) of the Taíno people, the original habitants of the island of Hayti*. She was born into one of the five Caciques (kingdoms), Xaragua. Anacaona organized and lead numerous battles against the Spanish invaders.
Agbaraya Tòya: General in the then King army of Dahomey captured to Saint-Domingue (Hispaniola) and teacher of Yoruba language, art, and science of war of the first leader of independent Hayti Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Cécile Fatiman: Master communicator who formed codified networks all over the island of Saint-Domingue. Instrumental in organizing and executing the famous ceremony of Bois Caïman to galvanize the only successful revolt of African captives in the world.
Marie-Jeanne Lamartinière: A maroon, spy, warrior, whose bravery at one of the greatest battle was a turning point in Hayti’s independence and became the Head of Imperial Spy and Security Office.
Catherine Flon: Business woman in Arcahaie, owned a cloth store and commissioned by Dessalines to create the new National Flag.
Sanite Belair: Lieutenant in the revolutionary army.
Suzanne Simone Baptiste: Partner caretaker of one of the most powerful man in Haitian and world history.
Marie-Louise Coadavid Melgrin: The 1st and only Queen of Hayti.
Marie-Sainte Dédée Bazile: Valuable contributor to the Haitian Revolution, Head of Supplies and Logistics in the camp of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Marie-Claire Heureuse Felicité Bonheur: Born enslaved and became a free woman, educator, natural healer, war nurse, constitutionalist, author, adoptive mother of dozens and 1st Empress of Hayti, Empire of Freedom.
Caonabo: Cacique (King) of one of the Taíno kingdoms of Maguana, fierce spiritual leader and warrior who avenged the mistreatment of the Taínos against the Spaniards left on the island by Christopher Columbus after their arrival in 1492.
Déka: A young African held captive not far from present day Port-de-Paix who rebelled and escaped to create one of the 1st free settlements on the island.
Makandal: Descendants of a royal family, Makandal was abducted, enslaved, and brought to Saint-Domingue. A spiritual leader who led one of the largest maroon society in the northern plains of Saint-Domingue who continuously caused havoc on the plantations with the plan to eradicate the colony of the colonizers.
Boukman: One of the main participants and leaders of the ceremony of Bois Caïman who sparked the insurrection on August 1791 that inspired future leaders of the Haitian Revolution.
Toussaint: Descendants of the Prince of Allada born on the island of Saint-Domingue. A mastermind and military genius that ascend from a Brigade Commander by winning numerous battles against Spain, France, and England to Governor General of the entire island of present day Hispaniola. Toussaint set the foundation for the birth of the created 1st Free Black Republic in the Americas.
Dessalines: The liberator that lead the revolution, 1st head of state of the Free Black Republic in the Americas, and renamed the independent country to its original Taíno name of Hayti*. The Governor General and later Emperor who oversaw the completion of the very first constitution of Hayti*, abolished slavery, gave birth to liberty and human rights, declared the pursuit of freeing the world from the evil of slavery and white supremacy.
Capoix Lamort: One of the greatest leaders of the Haitian Revolution, instrumental in successfully besting the French army and cementing his legacy during the Battle of Vertières that ultimately defeated France and expelling them from this land.
Boisrond-Tonnerre: Member of a free mulatto upper class family, staunched supporter and secretary of General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, became one of the first historians of Hayti, and the author of Hayti’s Declaration of Independence.
Christophe: One of the Generals in the Haitian Revolution, President of the divided nation who became King of the North. A strong leader with a very ambitious and advance system that left us numerous symbols of pride, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of Citadelle Henry, that benefit this nation till today.
Pétion: A gifted military officer who helped liberated Hayti after switching sides to joined the liberators fight against France. He became President of the Republic of Hayti in the South of the divided nation. Assisted Simón Bolívar with his quest to free Gran Colombia and asked only in return total abolishment of slavery from their land.
Hayti* the 1st alphabetic spelling of present day Haïti