Toussaint Louverture, Chief of the French Rebels in St. Domingo

Portrait of Toussaint Louverture published by H.D. Symonds. Toussaint Bréda (1743-1803) was born into slavery before being freed at around 30 years of age. He was fluent in the language of his Ewe-Fon father, who may have been the son of a chief in Africa. Toussaint was also a pious Christian. In 1793, he took the name Louverture or ‘the opening’, suggesting a symbolic new beginning. Toussaint succeeded in mobilising an army to take on and defeat French, and later British, military forces in Saint Domingue.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2710
Collection: Special collections
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Symonds, H. D.; Holl Bonneville, François
Date made: 1802
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
People: Bonneville, François; Holl Symonds, H. D.
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Sheet: 160 mm x 95 mm; Image: 90 mm x 70 mm

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