Bois Caiman Preparation for Slave Revolt
Bois Caïman holds significance as the place where plantation slaves prepared to revolt against their owners.
A Voodoo holy man presided over a ceremony, in which a black pig was slaughtered and its blood drunk to infuse rebels with mystical powers.
Within days of the ceremony in the forest of Saint-Domingue, rebels torched plantations on the Northern Plains. They burned, plundered, and slaughtered hundreds.
The Voodoo ceremony at Bois Caïman has been recognized as the inception of the Haitian Slave Revolt.