Jean-Pierre Boyer and the promulgation of the Rural Code of 1826
Jean-Pierre Boyer's contributions to the country as its president included his negotiations with the French that made Haiti an independent nation, and his promulgation of the Rural Code of 1826. The latter act was in an effort to stop the sliding economy from sinking further, after a revolt in the 1790s of black slaves against the French was successful. Under the Rural Code, peasant workers were tied to their plantations. They weren't allowed to leave the land to start farms of their own or enter the towns. The step, however, was not successful in stopping the economic decline.