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Name:    Dessalines, Jean-Jacques
Category:  African-American Experience
Born/Started:    1758
Died/Ended:    1800
Description:    Born in 1758, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines was a former slave, Haitian officer, and aide to Toussaint L'Ouverture. He died in 1806.

Detailed Description:
After L'Ouverture's death he took control of the Haitian army. Under his defiant motto, "War for war, crime for crime, atrocity for atrocity", he rallied his troops and forced the French to retreat. After the French left the island, Dessalines proclaimed the second republic in the Western Hemisphere. (Wright)



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