This Day In Jamaican History

Dutty Boukman (Boukman Dutty), a slave who escaped from Jamaica, led a rebellion in Haiti

Dutty Boukman - Image Courtesy of The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank

Dutty Boukman – Image Courtesy of The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank

On August 14, 1791, on a hilltop called Bwa Kayiman in Haiti a self educated slave who escaped from Jamaica named Dutty Boukman (Boukman Dutty), led other slaves in a rebellion against the French. This rebellion is said by many to be the catalyst to the slave uprising that marked the beginning of the Haïtian Revolution. Dutty Boukman was born in the region of Senegambia.

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