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Massacres in Saint-Domingue

Rainsford, Marcus, An historical account of the black empire of Hayti: comprehending a view of the principal transactions in the revolution of Saint Domingo; with its ancient and modern state. (published 1805), [London] J. Cundee, 1805.

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

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Massacres in Saint-Domingue

In 1802 Napoleon Bonaparte sent an estimated 43,000 French soldiers and European mercenaries to fight the black revolutionaries. General Rochambeau ordered wholesale massacres of the black population. Countless black soldiers were drowned while others, locked up in ships holds, were asphyxiated by sulfur and thrown into the sea.