Haitian and French Revolutions Essay

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In the late 18th century an air of revolution had been established in France and Haiti. These two revolutions were significant in their own aspect, both nourished from enlightenment ideals. Despite their many similarities the revolutions did have different outcomes. The Haitian Revolution maintained its original goal of freeing the slaves and independence while the French Revolution went to the extremes and lost its original goal for creating a new form of representative government. The French revolution and the Haitian revolution had many similarities. In 1791 The French and Haitian revolutions coexisted both trying to overthrow the French Government . The French at this time were in the process of making a new government based on equal rights by making a new constitution. At the same time in Haiti an outraged enslaved population were getting ideals from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and were about to take action of their own. The French revolution and the Haitian alike began with inspiration from prior revolutions and their ideology (such as the American revolution). Furthermore using Enlightenment ideals to fire their cause was important in both; there was a want for social reform a nation without elites of masters (slaves) and freedoms. Another trait shared by both was mass riot and revolts. In France the was “The Reign of Terror” in 1793 were many people were executed. In Haiti there were mass slave revolts, that were the base for the entire revolution. The ones leading these riots is another similarity; in Haiti Toussaint L’Overture led the slaves in their battle; and in France Maximilien Robespierre lead the radicals. The revolutions also had many differences economically, socially, and politically. First off the economic state in France during the revolution was in chaos. The economy had gone through centuries of overspending and was in major
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