HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BLACK EMPIRE OF HAYTI: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo; With It's Ancient and Modern State

HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE BLACK EMPIRE OF HAYTI: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo; With It's Ancient and Modern State

([London]: Albion Press Printed by James Cundee, 1805).

RAINSFORD'S ACCOUNT OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION AND OF HIS IMPRISONMENT THEREAFTER. The successful anti-slavery and anti-colonial insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in Haiti created ripples felt throughout all of the Americas. It was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a state which was both free from slavery, and ruled by non-whites and former captives. Ex-slave Toussaint Louverture rose as the great hero and followed the revolt with a successful defense of the freedoms that were won.
The author of this account was a British Army officer who visited St. Domingo in 1799. He met with Toussaint Louverture personally, but was nonetheless later arrested for spying and condemned to execution. He was later reprieved and set free. His original purpose in going to Haiti was to recruit black soldiers for the British Crown. By publishing his observations and recounting his meetings with Toussaint Louverture, Rainsford offered eyewitness testimony that acknowledged the effectiveness of the Haitian rebels. Although not an abolitionist, Rainsford nonetheless was supportive of the independent state of Haiti, which he argued posed no threat to British colonial interests in the West Indies, an extremely unusual stance at the time. Item #30481

First edition. With eight very striking full page engraved plates, a folding plan of the city of Cap Francois [Cap-Haïtien], a folding map of St. Domingo [Hispaniola] and a three page Toussaint Louverture manuscript facsimile. 4to, handsomely bound in half tan calf over marbled paper-covered boards, gilt ruled and lettered on the spine. xxiii, errata, 467, [12 index and ads] pp. A rare survival, a copy which is largely unopened and with the edges untrimmed, the text is very clean, fresh and unpressed, a little offsetting from the plates, a few quires darkened along the top edge and a few trails of worming at the end of the book, occasionally affecting the text.

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