Slave Revolt – Haiti

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Slave Revolt- Haiti
(Quatrains)

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In Seventeen Ninety One
The victims of suppression
Fought off slavery and won,
Teaching masters a lesson.
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It first started on the beach.
A man’s freedom was denied.
He broke from his handler’s reach,
When his brute strength was applied.
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Evil winds will start to blow,
As slavery’s taint rules the land,
A brooding strong black fellow
Left footprints on burning sand.
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Blood ran down his machete,
Dragged along his broken chain,
Revenge emotions ready
For those hurdles that remain.
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The local military
Was asleep in barrack’s beds
With nightmares not as scary
As what’s lurking just ahead.
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While Creeping through the shadows
He cuts through a dozen throats,
With swift and silent knife blows
Every guardian he smots.
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Goes over to the compound
Released all other slaves
Grabs weapons that lay around
All disburse to woods and caves.
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Chaos all over Haiti
As Blanc leadership all died
Oppressed masses are set free
While established rule’s defied
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The reign of the Mulattos
when led by the Voodoo priests
Such as Dutty Boukman shows
Pent-up power was released.
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Through bloody confrontation
The Haitian nation was born.
Beyond all expectations
Slavery’s burden was foresworn.
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Author Notes
There was a bloody slave revolt on the Island of Haiti in 1791. a slave named Dutty Boukman, who was a voodoo priest, started the revolt that lead to Haiti becoming a free republic. There were many battles that raged as the number of rebels swelled to become as large as 100,000. About 4,000 whites.were killed and 180 plantations were burned. The white population were known as Blancs, the slave leaders were of mixed origins known as Mulattos. The most famous commander of the rebels was Toussaint L’Ouverture, whose likeness is shown above.
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The poem consists of abab rhymed quatrains of 7 count meter.
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The picture is from Yahoo images.

 

 

 

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