Julia Gaffield uncovers Haiti founding document

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press Writer

updated 5:35 p.m. PT, Thurs., April 1, 2010 //

RALEIGH, N.C. – For years, Haiti’s government has sought out the pamphlets on which the country’s founders declared that they had thrown off their colonial masters, ended slavery and created the world’s first black republic. Now historians say a graduate student has found what could be the only copy left.

The leaders of Haiti’s revolution sent their Declaration of Independence to other governments in the days after the island country’s 1804 birth. But copies from that original printing have been lost in the centuries since, and the country’s national archivist said he’s traveled abroad looking for any that might have survived.

Duke University said Thursday a graduate history student found what could be the only surviving copy. Julia Gaffield made the discovery in February while combing through early 19th Century correspondence collected in Great Britain’s National Archives in London, the archives and Duke said. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36138349/ns/world_news-americas/#storyContinued

http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/6905684/article-Duke-doctoral-student-finds-a-treasureinstance=main_article

Click on the link below to view the 9 page document.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/dol/images/examples/haiti/0001.pdf

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