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Fire and Freedom in Cap, 1793

Saint-Domingue, ou Histoire de ses Révolutions; Révolte générale des Nègres. Massacre des Blancs., Paris Chez Tiger [n.d.]

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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Fire and Freedom in Cap, 1793

On June 20, 1793, three thousand French soldiers disembarked in Cap-Français with the new Governor, a royalist who espoused the white colonists' views. A violent fight ensued between his men and free people of color. About to lose, the free men asked for the enslaved men's help. About 10,000 stormed Cap, sending thousands of colons into exile. Some torched their houses before leaving, while the sailors also torched and looted. Finally, the victorious black men who had freed themselves by taking part in the battle of Cap also burned down some buildings. During several days, a devastating fire ravaged the city.

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