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The epic life of Toussaint Louverture

Inspired by the French Revolution, the ruthlessly pragmatic former governor led a famous slave rebellion in the Caribbean

By Carrie Gibson   December 2020

One of the many ironies of the life of Toussaint Louverture is that he was a governor of a French colony who never set foot in France, until he was imprisoned in the Jura mountains shortly before his death.

“There is no man,” wrote Charles Vincent, who served as an emissary for Louverture, “more attached to the ideal of French republicanism.” Louverture’s loyalty to—and his interpretation of—the French Revolution’s call for liberté, égalité, fraternité is clear throughout Sudhir Hazareesingh’s engaging biography…

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