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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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Henri Christophe sets fire to Le Cap

Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 32 (1938)
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Débarquement de la flotte française à Saint-Domingue, faisant suite aux Révolutions de cette île.

Débarquement de la flotte française à Saint-Domingue, faisant suite aux Révolutions de cette île. Guerre à mort entre les Français et les Noirs. Carnage horrible, incendies, devastations, les Français chasses de Saint-Domingue. (1803). Click here for larger image and more information.
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Vue de l’incendie de la ville du Cap Français. Arrivée le 21 juin 1793.

Vue de l’incendie de la ville du Cap Français. Arrivée le 21 juin 1793. Gravure coloriée de Jean-Baptiste Chapuy d’après J. L. Boquet. Archives départementales de la Martinique (Fort-de-France). Click image for high-resolution original.
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“Voodooism” Increases Profits

On the tendency of white foreigners, especially, and recently American negroes, to read dark, jungle atavism into even the most guileless aspects of Haitian life, our author has this to say: “Many good missionaries have come to us from the United States and elsewhere to advise us to preserve our traditions, customs, and African cults [...]
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Haiti: Le Serment des Ancêtres

Lethière Guillaume Guillon, Le Serment des Ancêtres (1822), Museée National d’Haïti, Port-au-Prince, Haïti Lethière Guillaume Guillon (1760-1832)
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Haiti: Mackandal

It is not above twenty-five years ago, that the island of St. Domingo trembled at the single name of Mackandal. Born in Africa, in one of the countries at the foot of Mount Atlas, he was unquestionably of high rank; for his education had been attended to with an assiduity not common among the negroes. [...]
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Haiti: History

It is on ancient record, that negroes were capable of repelling their enemies, with vigour in their own country; and a writer of modern date has assured us of the talents and virtues of these people; but it remained for the close of the eighteenth century to realize the scene from a state of abject [...]
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