Outside of Haiti, Toussaint L'Ouverture's historical exploits have largely gone unnoticed, mainly because
he stood up to Europes most formidable armies (the British, the French & the Spainiards).
CLR James' excellent book tells us how this great general inspired the slaves of San Domingo to rise up in revolt against
the murderous regime of slavery. He defeated - time after time - Europe's elite armies, including standing up to Napoleon's
formidable military forces (many of L'Ouverture's military tactics were then copied throughout the century).
When the French army where about to invade the island of Haiti, L'Ouverture gave a rousing speech to his indomitable troops:
'My children, France comes to make us slaves [again]. God gave us liberty; France has no right to take
it away. Burn the cities, destroy the harvests, tear up the roads with cannon, poison the wells, show
the white man the hell he comes to make'.
L'Ouverture's tactical nous in the battle field was so good that he had to be tricked into a cowardly capture.
Like one reviewer has already mentioned, I am also surprised that no major film company hasn't made a movie about this puissant general to-date.
L'Ouverture's exploits were so good, that Europe - and to some extent America - made sure that the people of Haiti
suffered through economic sanctions, that today, they are now one of the poorest nations in the world, and will always go
cap in hand to other countries for financial help.
I would recommend 'The Black Jacobins' to anyone who wants to read about a man who had principles, and stood
his ground against the evils of bondage, and held out against all the odds ... a riveting page turning read!