Immigration, Reparations, and Revolution
The story of French-Haitian relations is centuries old, originating in a time of colonialism, slavery, and trans-imperial conflicts. Here, we explore two types of relocation – the arrival of African slaves to Saint-Domingue (modern-day Haiti) and the movement of French citizens from France to the same island territory – and provide general histories of the French and Haitian Revolutions as a way to understand Haiti's roots, as well as how it and its people have developed over time as a result of these early events.
Recommended guiding questions for this collection:
- How did the slave trade contribute to the rise of Haitian culture prevalent across slave plantations?
- Taking into account the number of the deceased, the destruction of property, and the end of various ways of life, were their any true victors of the Haitian Revolution?
- Was an indemnity against Haiti just, or did the French government go too far?
- How can Haitian-French relations today lead to a brighter future for the Haitian people?