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Haiti - Vertières 220th : Traditional message from Lesly Condé
18/11/2023 08:37:30

Haiti - Vertières 220th : Traditional message from Lesly Condé
This Saturday, November 18, 2023, day of commemoration of the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières and the victory of the indigenous army over the colonial forces, Lesly Condé, Ex-Consul General of Haiti in Chicago (2004-2018) delivered like every year, its traditional message of reflection to all Haitians, which we invite you to read and share.

Message from Lesly Condé:

“Dear compatriots and friends from everywhere,

I am delighted to be able to be with you to celebrate the 220th anniversary of one of the most important moments in the history of humanity. It was an event that disrupted the existing world order. What happened on the Caribbean island of Santo Domingo on November 18, 1803 should have its place in all history textbooks among the notable events of the early 19th century. What we celebrate together today is neither a simple insurrection nor one rebellion among many others. The Battle of Verrières deserves to be recounted in golden letters in the history of humanity since it resulted in the victory which gave the world the one and only victorious slave revolt in all of history.

By commemorating with great pride the Battle of Verrières, we celebrate the invincibility of any people who are attached to their ancestral traditions and their humanity. However, slavery continued to exist after France's defeat at Vertières. An injustice that changes its name remains an injustice. Generations succeed one another and discourses are modernized. But the exploitation of humans by humans persists. Things have not really changed since November 18, 1803. This explains why our Vertières is not a jewel of the heritage of humanity.

Indeed, we cannot help but recognize that November 18 is not a date commemorated or even mentioned outside the borders of Haiti or Haitian communities in the diaspora. It is because this world, so in love with freedom, justice and democracy, has never seen fit to acclaim the victory which marked the beginning of the end of the slave world order, and the birth of the first sovereign black state. of the New World.

November 18 of each year should be commemorated by all nations as being the day on which, in the year 1803 in Vertières, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, at the head of an army of rebellious slaves, inflicted a clear and humiliating defeat to the slave-owning troops of France, commanded by General Rochambeau. Many people, even today, have difficulty digesting this eloquent lesson in humility, and this remarkable triumph of human dignity. But Vertières belongs first and foremost to the Haitians. This is our story. It is our identity. We have true heroes that we should proudly honor. It was in Vertières that the door to freedom opened for the whole world. It is up to us to be proud of our precious identity,  and to remind the world that freedom was born in Vertières on November 18, 1803.

The Battle of Vertières is a historical event of great importance which belongs first and foremost to the Haitian nation. But it also belongs quite significantly to the human species as a whole, because it signaled the beginning of the end of an era. With the irreversible defeat of France's slave army, the slave world order found itself seriously damaged, and it did not take long to succumb. As for our Haiti, it was a bad example. And here we are today. Our dear Haiti is reduced today to its simplest expression.

Now all humiliations resemble the country which, on January 1, 1804, so proudly carried the standard of liberty. However, the Battle of Vertières, which represents the triumph of bravery against tyranny, can still inspire us. Our ancestors did not choose slavery. They defeated him by uniting and relying on themselves. We have not chosen isolation and contempt. It is also by uniting and relying first on ourselves that we will succeed in imposing ourselves. I invite you all to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Vertières with great pride. »

Reflection messages from Lesly Condé 2023:

All Lesly Condé's reflection messages in 2022 :

All Messages from Lesly Condé in 2021 :

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