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The French Revolution proved a setback for the abolition movement as the British government cracked down on any form of radicalism. However, when news of the revolution spread to the French colony of Saint-Domingue, known today as Haiti, slaves revolted violently, burning plantations to the ground and executing any Frenchman they found.

Classroom Ideas

Discuss the factors which made the slave trade less attractive financially to the British Empire. Look at the situation for slaves and owners in French colonies prior to the revolution and investigate some of the individuals involved, Toussaint Louverture, leader of the Haitan revoluntion, Moreau de Saint-Méry, defender of slavery and representative of plantation owners and the French abolitionist campaigner, Olympe de Gouges.