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Bois Caiman Preparation for Slave Revolt

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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.

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