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Monuments at Pont Rouge are becoming a disgrace and among these are the monuments of the founding father Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who led the Haitian Revolution and was the first leader once Haiti became independent. Dessalines was a French Army officer when the colony was fending off Spaniards and the British who would eventually become a commander and lead the revolt against France. Accompanied by his lieutenant Louverture, he was successful in many battles including the Battle of Crete-a-Pierrot; but, after the betrayal of Louverture, Dessaline became the leader of the revolution and defeated Napoleon's forces at the Battle of Vertieres.

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