Perspectives on Toussaint
Man of the Millennium Article
History's Unsung Hero
Wendell Phillips on Toussaint Louverture
Biography Wendell Phillips
Life and Times of Toussaint Louverture
The World of Toussaint Louverture
The Slave Trade
The Constitution 1801
The Joux Castle
The Battle of Vertieres
Famous Quotes
Famous Quotes

“I was born a slave, but nature gave me a soul of a free man….”

Toussaint Louverture

“In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of the black liberty in St-Domingue-it will spring back form the roots, for they are numerous and deep.”

Toussaint Louverture

“My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“Toussaint is a Negro and in the jargon of war has been called a brigand. But according to all accounts he is a Negro born to vindicate the claims of this species and to show that the character of men is independent of color”

London Gazette
December 12, 1798

“Whatever defamation of character my enemies are spreading about me, I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm.”

Toussaint Louverture

“But the prejudice of race alone blinded the American people for the debt they owed to the desperate courage of 500,000 Haitian Negroes who would not be enslaved.”

Henry Adams
America’s foremost Historian of the 18th and 19th centuries

“One of the most remarkable men in an age rich with remarkable men, Toussaint Louverture’s political performance was such that, in a wider sphere, Napoleon appears to have imitated him.”


“Toussaint was a giant. He had an array of talents equaled by few men. He had intelligence intuition and vision.”

“Toussaint had a driving vision to create a society in which people of all races would be equal before the law and could rise according to their abilities.”

“Toussaint’s vision for Haiti projected a society embracing equal opportunity for all with social leveling through education and hard work.”


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