Haitian Revolution The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 in the French colony of Saint Domingue, when a group of slaves rebelled in order to secure their freedom and the end of slavery. In the midst of the French Revolution, slaves took advantage of volatile political, racial, and social circumstances. Inside you will read about... - The French Colony of Saint Domingue - Race and Class in Saint Domingue: The Coming of Revolution - The French Revolution in Saint Domingue - The Haitian Revolution Breaks Out - The Haitian Revolution and the World - Napoleon - The Continuing Struggle for Freedom And much more! With legendary leaders like Toussaint Louverture, they eventually defeated Napoleon’s France to form the independent nation of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution had both global causes and consequences. In the end, the entire world was impacted by the heroic actions of the most dispossessed people in the population.