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Nat Turner and the Haitian Revolution

In consequence of the alarming increase of the Black population at the South, fears have been long entertained, that it might one day be the unhappy lot of the whites, in that section, to witness scenes similar to those which but a few years since, nearly depopulated the once flourishing island of St. Domingo of […]

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Jamaica and the Saint-Domingue Slave Revolt, 1791-1793

When the slaves and free coloureds of Saint Domingue rebelled in the autumn of 17791, Jamaican society faced the greatest challenge of its history. The dramatic spectacle of violent self­liberation was acted out almost before the eyes of its blacks and mulattoes, while the ruling white elite experienced a dilemma that seemed to oppose its […]

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Cécile Fatiman, Boukman Dutty & Bois Caiman

The old slave woman, intimate of the gods, buries her machete in the throat of a black wild boar. The earth of Haiti drinks the blood. Under the protection of the gods of war and of fire, two hundred blacks sing and dance the oath of freedom. In the prohibited voodoo ceremony aglow with lightning […]

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« Représentation de l’idée que, dans la colonie française de Saint-Domingue, les esclaves noirs se firent de la liberté démocratique française, qu’ils pensèrent acquérir par une cruauté inouïe ; ils ruinèrent plusieurs centaines de plantations de café et de sucre et brûlèrent les moulins. Ils massacrèrent également sans distinction tous les Blancs qui tombèrent entre leurs mains tandis qu’un enfant blanc leur servait d’étendard : ils violèrent les femmes, les traînèrent dans une misérable captivité mais en 1791 leurs desseins ne se réalisèrent pas »

Anonymous, “Représentation de l’idée que, dans la colonie française de Saint-Domingue, les esclaves noirs se firent de la liberté démocratique française…” (1797). Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux. Click image for further information.

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