Louis Félix Mathurin Boisrond-Tonnerre
(1776 - 1806), better known as simply Boisrond-Tonnerre
, was a Haitian
writer and historian. He is best known as the author of the 1804 Independence Act of Haiti
, which formally declared Haiti's independence from the colonial rule of France
. He is also known for his work chronicling the Haitian Revolution
, Mémoires pour Servir à l'Histoire d'Haïti
Boisrond-Tonnerre was born Louis Boisrond in Torbeck in southwest Haiti. He acquired the name "Tonnerre", French for "thunder", as an infant when his cradle was hit by lightning. His father, amazed that his infant son was unharmed, gave him the name "Tonnerre". Boisrond-Tonnerre studied in France before returning to Haiti.
- Schutt-Ainé, Patricia; Staff of Librairie Au Service de la Culture Haiti: A Basic Reference Book. Miami, Florida: Librairie Au Service de la Culture. ISBN 0-9638599-0-0.
The Louverture Project: Louis Boisrond Tonnerre