Economist by Profession
- Jan 20, 2003
That was in Haiti and to get an idea of how the masscres actually went, there are several eyewitness accounts still available. Here is one from Peter Chazotte who was 4 or 5 spared of the condemned in Jeremie because he had double citizenship, his native France and the United States, and the only one that knew English. Interestingly enough, he was friend with Thomas Jefferson, one of the founders and one of the firsts presidents of the USA. He is buried in Jersey City.Was there not an order given at one time in history by a Haitian leader named Dessalines to kill all the the non-blacks?
Use knives so as not to alert the others, etc...
I'm actually convince the French colonist that managed to leave Saint-Domingue/Haiti during these types of events had an influence in the increasing intensity of racism in the USA that later became racial segregation. The US was the country that received most that left, especially in New Orleans, Charleston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, even New York City and other places along or near the east coast.
The Place de Arms that he mentions is still there in Jeremie, Haiti. Now has the name Place Alexandre Dumas. In fact, the quadriculized street grid in all the Haitian cities for the most part were designed by the French and created in colonial times.
In case anyone is wondering, yes he saved the life of the same General Borgellá that was the Haitian governor of the Ozama Department during the Haitian Domination based in SD (the place where he lived in SD is still there and is known as Borgella's Palace), the Boyer he met is the same Boyer that started the Haitian Domination, the Geffrard (he writes it Jeffrard) is the sameone that was president of Haiti around the 1860's, etc.
In the DR it was to kill all Dominicans since "the Spaniards" were blamed by him as having the sin of the French for siding with them in 1802. Plenty of blacks snd mulattoes were killed by him, a fact recognized even by Haitian historians and easily identifiable in various sources. For example, the massacre of Moca which is well known had two survivors because the girls pretended to be dead when the corpse of their aunt fell over them as a Haitian killed her along with everybody elsd and her blood covered them. These girls then escaped to Santiago and because of them this was known. They were daughters of a white woman and a black man, not mulatto but black. Both of her parents were kilked too. Being black wasn't enough to spare their father. The same is seen with many othef cases such as Henri Christophe was saying all types of improprieties to a group of prisoners prior to thrm be kilked on the cliff of the Yaque River seen in Santiago. But Campos Tavárez suddenly appeared and managed to convince Christophe to liberate the color prisoners. What would had happened if Tavárez never went before they were killed? There are msny more examples.
Then there were a couple more Haitian leaders that promised to do the same to Dominicans on two different times after the DR became independent.
But this is beyong the topic of the thread.