The Story of the Last French Survivors in 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:
The Story of the Last French Survivors in Saint-Domingue

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This chapter presents an excerpt from a certain Mlle. de Palaiseau's account of the Haitian revolution focusing on the role of black rescuers in saving two white girls from the 1804 massacres ordered by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Although the narrative includes gruesome descriptions of the massacres, its principal interest lies in its description of the efforts made by black rescuers on behalf of the victims. The two girls were the last known French survivors in Saint-Domingue.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; white girls; black rescuers; massacres; Jean-Jacques Dessalines; Saint-Domingue

Chapter.  1373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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