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9. Their emotional appeal After the battle of Verti?res, Dessalines has declared Haiti?s independence on January 1, 1804. After winning the Independence war, Dessalines met with all the heroic leaders and contacted Boirond-Tonnerre to create the Declaration of Independence in the newly Republic, that was then changed from French Saint-Domingue to Haiti. A few lines of Haiti?s Declaration of Independence by Boiron Tonnerre follow: ?In order to write down the Declaration of our Independence, we have to have the skin of a White man (Frenchman) for parchment, his skull for inkstand, his blood for ink along with a bayonet for pen?. Dessalines was then chosen with a council of generals (blacks and mulattos) to assume the office of Governor-General. Nine months later, he proclaimed himself Emperor Jacques 1er in September 1804 and ruled Haiti until his assassination on October 17, 1806.