Toussaint L'Overture Cane

Description:

This cane belonged to Toussaint L’Ouverture, a military and political leader in the Haitian Revolution. The revolution began as a slave revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 and ended with emancipation and the founding of the free nation of Haiti in 1804. Nearly half a million enslaved people gained freedom. These events terrified U.S. slaveholders and other whites while they heartened African Americans. The United States did not recognize the independence of Haiti from France until 1862. A U.S. Department of State official acquired this cane there later in the 19th century.

See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.011095Accession Number: 49134Catalog Number: 011095

Object Name: Cane

Physical Description: wood (overall material)brown (overall color)Measurements: overall width at handle: 35 in x 4 1/4 in; 88.9 cm x 10.795 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-cbf6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1146417

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