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#1 Watch the video and take the notes.

#2 Read the passage from The Haitian constitution of 1801, and answer the questions in your interactive notebook

Haitian Revolution: Part 1

Haiti was a ___________________ colony in the Caribbean Ocean in

the 1700s.


Haiti’s economy was based on the production of __________________

and _______________.


The slaves in Haiti had very high ____________ rates.


The population of Haiti at this time consisted of _____% white people

and free blacks, and ____% black slaves.


In 1789, the ______________ ___________________ inspired the

black slaves to revolt against their masters.


Their leader was a former slaved named ____________ ____________.


The _______________ and the _______________ attacked the island

as part of their ongoing war with France.


In ___________, all slaves in Haiti won their ______________________.


Haitian Revolution of 1801

Of the Inhabitants

Art. 3. - There cannot exist slaves on this territory, servitude is therein forever abolished (stopped). All men are born, live and die free and French.

Art. 4. – All men, regardless of color, are eligible (open, available) to all employment.

Art. 5. – There shall exist no distinction (difference) other than those based on virtue (quality) and talent, and other superiority afforded by law in the exercise of a public function.

The law is the same for all whether in punishment or in protection.


  1. What is Art. 3 saying?
  2. Why do you think these former slaves would talk specifically about employment in Art. 4?
  3. Art. 5 talks about distinction (difference) between people.  Why do you think that the former slaves would include this?