Constitution of Haiti


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The 1801 Constitution of Haiti, promulgated in the wake of the Haitian Revolution that had begun in 1791, was the first in a series of some twenty-three constitutions that have been adopted in that nation. Haiti, at the time called Saint Domingue, had been a French colony since the late seventeenth century; the name Haiti, from the indigenous name Ayiti (“mountainous land”) was adopted at independence in 1804. Along with Jamaica, Haiti produced the bulk of the world's sugar in a plantation...