Toussaint L'Ouverture was a slave during the first three decades of Iris life. He was born on May 20, 1743 Saint-Domingue, Haiti. Very little is known about his childhood. His father, Gaou-Guinou, had been captured in West Africa and brought to the American continent as a slave to the Count de Breda, who was considered somewhat more humane than other slave-owners. Gaou-Guinou was an educated slave and a member of the Catholic Church who married and had eight children, the eldest of whom was François Dominique Toussaint.