What were the connections between the Haitian Revolution and the French Revolution?

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The Haitian Revolution was the second successful armed rebellion against a European imperial power. Haiti became the second free and independent republic of the "New World." It lasted from 1791 to 1804. Most of the conflict occurred in thr colony of Saint Dominigue, with a spattering of conflict throughout other regions. The Haitian revolution emancipated Haiti from French rule and also resulted in the abolition of slavery. The Haitian Revolution had a major political and ideological impact on the French Revolution. During the French Revolution, the General Assembly passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declared that all human beings were free and equal. By drawing attention to the issue of slavery, Haitian revolutionaries forced French nationals to address issue head-on. In March of 1972, the General Assembly recognized full human and civil rights of formerly enslaved Haitian citizens.