06/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Long-Lost Haitian Declaration FOUND By Duke Student

Duke graduate student Julia Gaffield made history when she uncovered the only known printed copy of Haiti's Declaration of Independence.

Gaffield, who is studying 19th century Haiti for her doctoral dissertation, found the previously lost document Feb. 2 in the British National Archives in London. The document can be traced back to Jan. 20, 1804, when it was attached to a letter sent by Jean-Jacques Dessalines, first ruler and and governor-general of the Republic of Haiti, to Sir George Nuget, lieutenant-governor of Jamaica, according to the National Archives Web site. The document was signed during the Haitian Revolution, which lasted from 1791 to 1804.

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