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Last Days of Saint-Domingue

Joan Dayan

in Haiti, History, and the Gods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780520089006
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520089006.003.0003
Last Days of Saint-Domingue

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This chapter focuses on the history of the last years of Saint-Domingue as an independent nation of Haiti. Saint-Domingue was the most beautiful colony in the Americas that was known for its splendour, profligacy, and greed. Though society boasted castelike distinctions, the overwhelming distinction seemed to be between whites and nonwhites. The chapter suggests that the last years of revolution in Saint-Domingue are recognized by most historians as unparalleled in brutality.

Keywords: Saint-Domingue; Haiti; castelike distinction; revolution; brutality

Chapter.  16686 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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