This Day in History

Léger Félicité Sonthonax

On this day in history April 4, 1972, the decree of the Haitian Revolution granted equal political rights of blacks and mulattoes in Saint-Domingue. This order gave people of color the same rights and privileges as those from the dominant group of individuals.

A second commission was assembled, led by Léger Félicité Sonthonax, to enforce the ruling.

1972 also served as the three-hundred-year anniversary of Columbus’ landing on Hispaniola. The indigenous people of Haiti were pre-Columbian Native Americans, who were called Taino, “good people”.


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