Please join us for the next Kentucky Early American Seminar.
September 27, 2013
“Losing One’s Head Over the Colonies: The Mission of Governor Blanchelande in Saint-Domingue”
Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky
On April 15, 1793, the last royal governor of the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue, today’s Haiti, was guillotined in Paris. His execution marked the failure of the French Revolution’s effort to govern its most important colony according to the liberal constitutional principles adopted in 1789. During the two years of his mission, the unfortunate Governor Blanchelande had failed to overcome the white colonists’ distrust of a revolutionary government that had proclaimed liberty and equality as its core values, even as it promised to retain Negro slavery. He had also failed to rally the colonists to help him oppose the slave insurrection that had broken out in the colony in August 1791. Blanchelande’s failure set the stage for the introduction of revolutionary dictatorship in Saint-Domingue, culminating in the rise to power of Toussaint Louverture, who would occupy the position Blanchelande had held from 1798 to 1802.
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