Haiti, Updated Again

I don't have much to say that hasn't been said by everyone else, I just wanted you all to know that I am painfully aware of the horror and am proud to be an American.  It is times like these that restore my faith(?) in humanity, with the outpouring of aid and money and concern.

So, with that, some Haiti history:

Toussaint Louverture. From a group of engravings done in post-Revolutionary France. (1802)

From Wikipedia:
François-Dominique Toussaint L'ouverture, also Toussaint Bréda, Toussaint-Louverture (20 May 1743 – 8 April 1803) was a leader of the Haitian Revolution. Born in Saint Domingue, in a long struggle for independence Toussaint led enslaved Africans to victory over Europeans, abolished slavery, and secured native control over the colony, Haiti, in 1797 while nominally governor of the colony. He expelled the French commissioner Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, as well as the British armies; invaded Santo Domingo to free the slaves there; and wrote a constitution naming himself governor-for-life that established a new polity for the colony.

Especially between the years 1800 and 1802, Toussaint L'ouverture tried to rebuild the collapsed economy of Haiti and reestablish commercial contacts with the United States and Britain. His rule permitted the colony a taste of freedom which, after his death in exile, was gradually destroyed during the successive reigns of a series of despots. Translated from French, his name means "the awakening of all saints" or "all souls rising". His last words were to his son in France, "My boy, you will one day go back to St. Domingo; forget that France murdered your father."
Santana also has a song titled Toussaint L'overture

Update: Here is a link I should have included with ways you can help Haiti, sent to me by a reader.

Update IIHere is another link to a great piece that gives some background about what Pat Robertson was erroneously referring to when he invoked himself the Devil.

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