Celebration of Latin Leaders

Toussaint L'Ouverture and Bernardo O'Higgins

Toussaint L'Ouverture

Toussaint L'Ouverture was born in Saint-Domingue. A Caribbean island now called Haiti on May 20th, 1743. He died on April 7th, 1803 in Fort-De-Joux in France. He was the son of an educated slave so that would make him a native of the New World.


He was a leader in the Haitian Revolution to gain Haiti's independence from France. All of the soldiers were slaves basically who revolted against the owners and rulers. Slaves wanted independence because of how brutal the owners were in that country. The owners had laws to follow with what they could and couldn't do to slaves but were often ignored.


Toussaint L'Ouverture has a memorial statue in Cuba recognizing his acts of bravery and for having a huge impact on the revolution. There is also a statue of him in Quebec.

Bernardo O'Higgins

Bernardo O'Higgins was born on August 20th but it is not known whether or not it was in 1776 or 1778. He was a mestizo, his father was of Irish origin and his mother of Chile. He died in October of 1842 in Peru.
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Helping the Revolution

He helped out as a military leader who was smart and strong. He had poor health but that did not stop him and he was only a minor leader but nonetheless, a leader. He eventually earned his way up to higher positions and helped out politically with the movements as well.

Honored Today

He is honored today by having a football teamed named after him. The O'Higgins F.C. was named after him and there is also a monument in O'Higgins, Richmond in Chile with his bronze head.
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