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Toussaint l'Ouverture was a leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution.
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Toussaint l'Ouverture was the son of an educated slave, and in a sudden slave revolt (August 1791), he discerned the ineptitude of the rebel leaders and scorned their willingness to compromise with European radicals. Collecting an army of his own, Toussaint trained his followers in the tactics of guerrilla warfare, and by 1795 l’Ouverture was widely renowned for ending slavery on the island.
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