Dutty Boukman Leader of the Haitian Revolution | by Brotherhood of Sincerity

Dutty Boukman (also known as “Boukman Dutty”) died the 7th of November 1791, was an early leader of the Haitian Revolution. Born in Senegambia (Senegal and Gambia). He was captured, enslaved and transported to Jamaica. He eventually ended up in Haiti, where he became a leader of the Maroons and a vodou hougan (priest).

According to some contemporary accounts, Boukman, alongside Cecile Fatiman, a Vodou mambo, presided over the religious ceremony at Bois Caiman, in August 1791, that served as the catalyst to the 1791 slave revolt which is usually considered the beginning of the Haitian Revolution.

Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap-Francais region of the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops on 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman’s head in a attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman and cultivated. The fact that French authorities had to do this illustrates the impact. Boukman made on the view of Haitian people during that time.

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