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Why was the Haitian Revolution of 1804 significant?

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t521863 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 16, 2012 at 2:38 AM via web

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Why was the Haitian Revolution of 1804 significant?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 16, 2012 at 2:47 AM (Answer #1)

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Of course, the major significance of the Haitian Revolution was that it freed the slaves in Haiti.  This was the greatest significance of the Revolution for those who were involved in it.

Looking beyond those directly affected, we can see at least two major reasons why this was significant.  First, it increased the fear of slave rebellions in the United States.  It can be said to have helped cause slaveowners in the South to treat their slaves more harshly and to react with more anger towards abolitionists from the North.  This helped push the North and South farther apart, eventually leading to the Civil War.

Second, the revolution helped to cause Napoleon to want to get out of the Americas.  This helped lead to his decision to sell the Louisiana Territory to the United States.  In this way, the Haitian Revolution helped to enlarge the US.

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