Welcome to The Haitian-American Historical Society

The Haitian-American Historical Society (HAHS) was founded in 2001 and is now the only voice promoting and preserving the intellectual study of Haiti’s Past. This website provides detailed access to the Society’s activities. We welcome all members, particularly those committed to the study of history.

Our Mission

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15TH to 16TH CENTURY

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUSLanded and claimed the island for Spain, naming it Hispaniola.
AFRICAN SLAVES
AFRICAN SLAVESThe first Africans were brought to Hispaniola for labor.
FERDINAND II OF ARAGON
FERDINAND II OF ARAGONOfficially established Spain's African slave trade.

17TH to 18TH CENTURY

Volunteer Haitian slaves, led by French admiral Count d’Estaing, left for Savannah, Georgia to fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

Toussaint L’Ouverture, nicknamed the Black Napoleon was the leader of the Haitian Revolution. The success of the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the New World.

Toussaint invaded the eastern part of Hispaniola and captured Santo Domingo, declaring freedom for all slaves and appointing a ten-member Central Assembly to issue a constitution.

19TH to 20TH CENTURY

BATTLE OF VERTIERES
BATTLE OF VERTIERESDuring the last major battle of the revolution, Haitian forces under Jean-Jacques Dessalines defeated the French.
1803 - HAITIAN INDEPENDENCE
1803 - HAITIAN INDEPENDENCE Louis XVIII of France sends a delegation to negotiate France's recognition of Haitian independence.
1844 - DOMINICAN INDEPENDENCE
1844 - DOMINICAN INDEPENDENCEThe Dominican Republic declares its independence from Haiti
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