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May 6, 1826: signing by Jean-Pierre Boyer of the Rural Code of Haiti

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The ephemeris of the day: national holidays, events marking the history of Haiti, proverbs… the online agency Juno7 brings you a refresher of your memory.

It is Monday May 6, 2024

May 6, 1826: This code, which served as a model for codes published later, perpetuates, Louis-Joseph Janvier tells us, slavery, but without the whip. The peasant, in fact, and any citizen not occupying a high position in the army or the civil administration, became exploited people on whom the country’s budget largely rests. The section head then becomes a tax collector authorized to carry out this task by any means.

It will be repealed in 1843 and replaced in 1865 by the Geffrard Code published on October 17, 1864.

May 6, 1794: Toussaint took possession of Gonaïves and sided with the French

Attacked by the forces of Toussaint, the city of Gonaïves, then under the yoke of the Spanish, was captured. A massacre ensued, which caused most of the population to flee. Toussaint, in letters addressed to the city priest and certain notables, deplored the unfortunate consequences of the capture of the city due to the massacres carried out without his knowledge.

May 6, 1802: submission of Toussaint Louverture to General Leclerc

After the betrayals of those who had been loyal to him until then, Toussaint Louverture decided to surrender to Leclerc, who allowed him to retire to his lands in Ennery.

“At the dawn of [ce 6 mai], he puts on his best uniform, his feathered tricorn and his thirty-five decorations. On a plateau overlooking the Cape, he stopped and had the four hundred men who accompanied him put on horseback in two rows. He speaks to them for the last time as a free man, in a soft and calm voice troubled by emotion. After having embraced several officers at length, he entrusted the detachment to Captain Morisset and ordered him to go down to the Cape and put himself at Leclerc’s disposal.”

May 6, 1867: General Sylvain Salnave became head of the provisional executive power

The Constituent Assembly which had transformed itself into the National Constituent Assembly provisionally delegated executive power to Salnave. The latter was to present to him weekly on the general situation in the country.

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