A Child's Memories of the Last Days of Saint-Domingue

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 Child's Memories of the Last Days of Saint-Domingue

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This chapter presents an excerpt from Elie-Benjamin-Joseph Brun-Lavainne's account of the last days of Saint-Domingue. Brun-Lavainne must have been among the last living French witnesses to the Haitian Revolution being only about 12 years old in 1803. His recollection describes the harmonious relations among the races, particularly between whites and the mixed-race population and confirms Vicomte de Rochambeau's love affair with a beautiful creole woman that forms the plot of Leonora Sansay's autobiographical novel Secret History.

Keywords: Elie-Benjamin-Joseph Brun-Lavainne; Saint-Domingue; Haitian revolution; whites; mixed-race population; Vicomte de Rochambeau; creole woman; Leonora Sansay; Secret History

Chapter.  2627 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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