The French Revolution in San Domingo

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Houghton Mifflin, 1914 - Haiti - 410 pages

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Page 135 - To detail the various conflicts, skirmishes, massacres and scenes of slaughter, which this exterminating war produced, were to offer a disgusting and frightful picture — a combination of horrors, wherein we should behold cruelties unexampled in the annals of mankind; human blood poured forth in torrents; the earth blackened with ashes, and the air tainted with pestilence. It...
Page 335 - These men may be killed, but will not surrender; they laugh at death; and it is the same with the women. I begged you, Citizen Consul, to do nothing to make these people fear for their liberty till the moment when I should be prepared. Suddenly there came the law authorizing the trade, and on top of that General Richepause has just decreed the restoration of slavery in Guadeloupe.
Page 342 - We must destroy all the mountain Negroes, men and women, sparing only children under twelve years of age. We must destroy half the Negroes of the plains and not allow in the colony a single man who has worn an epaulette. Without these measures the colony will never be at peace, and every year, especially deadly ones like this, you will have a civil war on your hands which will jeopardize the future.
Page vii - The world-wide struggle between the primary races of mankind — the 'conflict of color,' as it has been happily termed — bids fair to be the fundamental problem of the twentieth century, and great communities like the United States of America, the South African Confederation, and Australasia regard the 'color question' as perhaps the gravest problem of the future." Those lines were penned in June, 1914. Before their publication the Great War had burst upon the world. At that time several reviewers...
Page 61 - In countries where slavery is established, the leading principle on which the government is supported is fear: or a sense of that absolute coercive necessity which, leaving no choice of action, supercedes all questions of right.
Page 61 - ... no choice of action, supersedes all question of right. It is in vain to deny that such actually, is,* and necessarily must be, the case in all countries where slavery is allowed. Every endeavour therefore to extend positive rights to men in this state, as between one class of people and the other, is an attempt to reconcile inherent contradictions, and to blend principles together which admit not of combination.
Page 306 - ... moment to assure the colony to France forever. And, on that same day, at every point of the colony, you will arrest all suspects in office whatever their color, and at the same moment embark all the black generals no matter what their conduct, patriotism, or past services; — giving them, however, their rank, and assuring them of good treatment 'in France. •"All the whites who have served under Toussaint, and covered themselves with crimes in the tragic scenes of San Domingo, shall be sent...
Page 231 - ... moment in flames. It was a sight more terrible than the mind of any man, unaccustomed to such a scene, can easily conceive. The inhabitants of the town, being assembled on the beach, directed all their attention towards us, and we landed amidst a crowd of spectators, who, with uplifted hands and streaming eyes, gave welcome to their deliverers (for such they considered us), and acclamations of ' vivent les Anglois ' resounded from every quarter.
Page 304 - In the first period you will not be exacting: you will treat with Toussaint, you will promise him everything he asks— in order that you may get possession of the principal points . . . Gain over Christophe and all the other black leaders favorable to the whites. In the first period confirm them in their rank and office. In the last period, send them all to France . . . Toussaint . . . must be put on board a frigate and sent to France . . . Declare Moyse and Dessalines traitors and enemies of the...
Page 132 - in the harbor of Cape Frangois, in the evening of the 26th of September, and the first object which arrested our attention as we approached was a dreadful scene of devastation by fire. The noble plain adjoining the Cape was covered with ashes ; and the surrounding hills, as far as the eye could reach, everywhere presented to us ruins still smoking, and houses and plantations at that moment in flames.

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