By Maurice J. Bric William Mulligan
The abolition of slavery throughout huge components of the area was once some of the most major differences within the 19th century, shaping economies, societies, and political associations. This ebook exhibits how the overseas context was once crucial in shaping the abolition of slavery.
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But Dessalines vehemently rejected this proposal. For him this reeked of European colonialism and the connection between Julia Gafﬁeld 23 colonialism and slavery was clear. When the British asked Dessalines to temporarily cede them the two bases, the reported response was that it was thirteen years since he had taken up arms in the cause of liberty. 16 That is, Dessalines believed strongly that liberty could only be secured through complete territorial and political independence. It is unclear what he meant by the “nature of the blacks”.
53 Dessalines made these claims to the international community at the moment of independence with the hope that the country would ﬁnd peace and friendship in a world of colonialism and slavery. Over a decade later, Christophe was forced to make the same claims as he sought to create a relationship with the British. Even the British, at this point the most vocal supporters of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery, could not condone the Haitian Revolution because, they feared, they would lose the colonies as well; the case of Haiti had given credence to this fear.
In the instructions that Prévost sent to Clarkson, the ﬁrst clause of the treaty highlighted the importance of national independence in this relationship: “1st—That His Christian Majesty, King of France and Navarre, recognize Haiti . . as a free, sovereign, and independent state . . ”59 The conjoining of freedom and independence in this statement highlights the continued importance 32 Haitian Anti-slavery and National Independence of anti-slavery and anti-colonialism in the country. And, while these statements might be interpreted to simply refer to anti-colonialism, Clarkson’s response to this clause suggested that he too saw the connection between the two ideologies.
A Global History of Anti-slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century by Maurice J. Bric William Mulligan