1804 - Slaves Won The War - Haitian Revolution (watch)
Touched off by the French Revolution in 1789 as well as America's own fight for freedom. On Saint Domingue, now Haiti, the free people of color began the chain of rebellion when French planters would not grant them citizenship as decreed by the National Assembly of France in its "Declaration of the Rights of Man." A bloody, thirteen-year revolution ensued, a complex web of wars among and between slaves, whites, free people of color, France, Spain and Britain that would eventually create the first independent black nation in the Western world. It was led by Toussaint L'Ouverture.