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Toussaint Louverture

What did Toussaint Louverture do?
Toussaint Louverture was a military leader who helped emancipate all slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (later called Haiti). He then turned the colony into a country governed by former slaves with himself as ruler.
How did Toussaint Louverture die?
After France reconquered Haiti, Toussaint Louverture was tricked into a meeting, arrested, and sent to France, where he was imprisoned and repeatedly interrogated. He died there of pneumonia in 1803.
Why was Toussaint Louverture significant?
One of Toussaint Louverture’s lieutenants, after learning that the French intended to reintroduce slavery, staged an uprising that led to Haiti’s full independence in January 1804, and he then followed Louverture’s policies as ruler. Louverture’s example inspired liberation movements and abolitionists throughout the Americas.
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