The Haitian Revolution happened from 1791 to 1803. In 1789 there was about 30,000 free black people. There was a slave population was 500,000. The french slavery was horrible, a lot worst than US slavery. Despite this, Africans were determined to be free, seeing as there were a lot more black people than whites on this small island they were able to rebel, one of their plots involved poisoning their masters, where one man ran around going to plantations and giving them herbs and other plants to mix into food to poison their masters. Toussaint L’Ouverture led the first rebellion, with them taking over 1/3rd of the island. Before the fighting had ended 100,000 out of the 500,000 blacks, and 24,000 out of the 40,000 whites were killed. Despite this, since they had access to the weapons of the previous controllers of the area, they were able to successfully defeat the British and French, where the British attempted to occupied the area for 5 years but were constantly defeated by L’Ouverture’s forces. L’Ouverture was eventually captured, and taken to France, where he died in prison in 1803, despite this, one of the previous generals took command of the freedom fighters and after France's final defeat, in 1804 France acknowledged the Haitians for their victory, and Haiti became the first free black republic in the western hemisphere.