A White Captive in the Struggle against the Leclerc Expedition

in Facing Racial Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226675824
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675855 | DOI:
A White Captive in the Struggle against the Leclerc Expedition

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This chapter presents an excerpt from Michel-Etienne Descourtilz's account of the Haitian revolution focusing on the condition of white captives and the arrival of Charles Leclerc sent to reinstate slavery in Saint-Domingue. This narrative is the first extended published account of the white confrontation with the Haitian insurrection after the withdrawal of French troops from the island. This chapter suggests that Descourtilz's descriptions of the blacks contrast strangely with a captivity narrative that demonstrates how the whites in Saint-Domingue were being violently subjected to black authority.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; Michel-Etienne Descourtilz; white captives; Charles Leclerc; Saint-Domingue; French troops; black authority

Chapter.  20235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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