Ah, freedom – a state of being so many of us take for granted. Given humans' history of enslaving each other, it's no wonder the idea has been elusive to many. The human experience is rife with stories of mass enslavement, kings who built entire empires on the scarred backs of the oppressed, and the bloody slave rebellions that tried to right the scales of justice. Sadly for those in chains, these rebellions were rarely successful, and those who gained freedom usually only found it through emancipation. Time and time again – from the Zanj of Iraq to Spartacus of Rome to Nat Turner of Virginia – slave rebellions were quashed with 10 times the amount of brutality, a painful reminder to never challenge those in power. But there was one slave rebellion that did not face defeat – the St. Domingue rebellion in Haiti, otherwise known as the most successful slave revolt in history.
Lasting from 1791-1804, it was a grassroots revolution that took shape through the influence of voodoo and found victory through fearless determination and clever strategy. This uprising was so fierce, so unrelenting, that it set fire to an entire nation and changed the very mechanics of a racist structure. When it came to slave rebellions, the end was usually one of defeat, but what about those who managed to raise a fist, or a musket, or an ax – and win?
European Explorers Set The Scene For Genocide And Oppression
The Colony Was Built On The Backs of Slaves
Slaves Were Tortured While They Worked
The Chasm Between Blacks And Whites Kept Growing