Copy of a Letter from a Captain presently in Cap Français, sent via the ship named the Cap-Français, which arrived in Nantes after 31 days on November 15, 1791, addressed to Paris, to M. W

Written by an unnamed ship captain preparing to return to Cap Français, this letter recounts the violence that has consumed Saint-Domingue during various revolts, and the beginning of the Haitian Revolution. The author intimates the numerous ways the Whites and Creole planters retaliated against the enslaved and other people of color through various acts of torture and extermination tactics.

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Speech given October 23, 1791 by M. the Mayor of Port-au-Prince, following the Peace Treaty between the White Citizens and the Citizens of Color from the Western Province of the French Section of Saint-Domingue

This is a speech by the Mayor of Port-au-Prince delivered before an audience of white colonists, free people of color, and military men on October 23, 1791, which hereby eliminated all distinction between race and social status, naming every man simply “citizen.”

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REQUEST AND PETITION From the Citizens of Color of the French Isles and Colonies, December 2, 1789

Delivered by the likes of Julien Raimond, Vincent Ogé, and others, this Request and Petition narrated a long history of legal discrimination of Free People of Color in Colonial Saint-Domingue.This petition calls for political enfranchisement and representation of Free People of Color in the Colonial Assembly as a way of countering a long history of racial discrimination.

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DESIZYION KONSEY DETA WA A KI ANILE ÒDONANS M. LE MARQUIS DE CHILLEAU, GOUVÈNÈ, LIETNAN JENERAL SENDOMENG LAN NAN 27 MWA ME PASE A KONSÈNAN ENTWODIKSYON FARIN ETRANJE.

Desizyon konsèy deta wa a pran an anile òdonans Marquis du Chilleau a te pase nan 27 mwa me a, ki te otorize boukantay enpòtasyon sereyal ak pwovizyon etranje nan Sendomeng pou pwodwi kolonyal, eksepte kann ak kafe. Lè l entèvni nan sitiyasyon Sendomeng lan, wa Louis XVI agrave relasyon malouk ki deja ekziste ant metwopòl la ak koloni Karayib li a.

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Judgment from the State Council of the King, Granting Appeal of an Ordinance from M. le Marquis de Chilleau, Governor, Lieutenant General of Saint-Domingue, from the 27th of last May Concerning the Introduction of Foreign Grain

This decision from the State Council of the King struck down le Marquis du Chilleau’s May 27th Ordinance allowing the importation of foreign grain and provisions to Saint-Domingue in exchange for colonial goods, although not sugar cane or coffee.

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Ordinance Concerning the Introduction of Foreign Grain in the Warehouse Ports of the French Section of the Island of Saint-Domingue

Le Marquis Marie-Charles du Chilleau, Governor of Saint-Domingue, proposed this Ordinance to the French legislature one year after his appointment to allow foreign grain to be legally imported into Saint-Domingue. This is the second ordinance issued by the governor in response to the grain shortages in Saint-Domingue, which threatened the planters with famine and malnutrition.

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REPORT FOR Mr. PIERRE LESENS, ship Captain, presently in the city of Les Cayes, called before the Judge of the Admiralty Court of said city, on the date of the 7th of last February.

This is an excerpt from a civil case against Pierre Lesens, the captain of the slave ship La Furieuse. Apart from the charges against Lesens, this report chronicles portions of the Middle Passage where captives were transported as slaves to various trading posts only to finally land in the colony of Saint-Domingue.

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Copy of the Report Presented to the King by M. le Comte de La Luzerne and Approved by His Majesty, March 7, 1788

This report nominates and appoints M. le Marquis du Chilleau as Governor of the island of Saint-Domingue. Much like the Arrêt du roi [Judgment from the State Council of the King ], this document presents one of the few moments where King Louis XVI directly intervenes in events surrounding the grain disputes of 1789.

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