By: Audrey D. Nicoleau, WHMG TV
A Brief Timeline of Haiti’s Historical Contribution to the World
- 1779: 750 volunteer Haitian slaves fought alongside colonial troops against the British in the Siege of Savannah in the American Revolutionary War in Savannah, GA.
- 1804: Haiti gained independence from France after a successful slave revolt led by Toussaint L’Ouverture against Napoleon Bonaparte and his French army. The crushing defeat to France paved the way for the U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to purchase the 14 state Louisiana territories. Today’s Creole culture in New Orleans has its roots from Haiti.
- 1770s: Credited as the ‘founder of Chicago,’ Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, born to slaves in Haiti, is regarded as the first known non-indigenous settler in Chicago.
- 1815: Simon Bolivar, an influential South American political and military leader known for his prominent role in securing Latin America’s independence from Spain, received military and financial assistance from Haiti. As a result of this support, Bolivar liberated Venezuela, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru.
- 1943: Several Haitian pilots from the Haitian Air Force were recruited from Haiti to train at the Tuskeegee Institute so they could assist the U.S. in the fight to win World War II.
- 1947: Haiti’s critical vote in favor of creating the State of Israel helped meet the two-thirds majority required for United Nations recognition as a state. … Continue Reading