- NAME: Jean-Jacques Dessalines
- OCCUPATION: General, Dictator, Emperor
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1758
- DEATH DATE: October 17, 1806
- PLACE OF BIRTH: West Africa
- PLACE OF DEATH: Pont Rouge, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- AKA: Emperor Jacques I
- AKA: Jacques I of Haiti
- AKA: Jean Jacques Dessalines
- Full Name: Jean-Jacques Dessalines
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Jean-Jacques Dessalines was a military leader who worked with Toussaint l'Ouverture and gave the country of Haiti its name.
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Believed to be born around 1758 in Africa, Jean-Jacques Dessalines was enslaved in the French colony of St. Domingue. He worked as lieutenant under Toussaint l'Ouverture after the 1791 slave revolt and later repelled incoming French forces. Dessalines renamed the colony Haiti in 1804 and declared himself emperor. A severe, often times brutal leader, he was killed in a revolt on October 17, 1806, in Pont Rouge, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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