Lead: Drawn into the battle for Haitian independence in 1791, Toussaint L’Ouverture leveraged his military successes into national leadership.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: An instinctive leader, Toussaint combined clever military tactics with a politically moderate disposition. This was in contrast to most of the native leaders who were more interested in exacting revenge on the colonial French than building a new society. By 1793 the French were on the ropes. Success by his guerrilla armies along with attacks by the Spanish who controlled two-thirds of the island and intervention by the British raised the prospect that the French might be thrown off the island.

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