An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti by Marcus Rainsford,Paul Youngquist,Grégory Pierrot

By Marcus Rainsford,Paul Youngquist,Grégory Pierrot

As the 1st entire narrative in English of the Haitian Revolution, Marcus Rainsford's An ancient Account of the Black Empire of Hayti was once hugely influential in constructing nineteenth-century international opinion of this momentous occasion. This re-creation is the 1st to seem because the unique book in 1805. Rainsford, a occupation officer within the British military, went to Haiti to recruit black infantrymen for the British. through publishing his observations of the prowess of black troops, and recounting his conferences with Toussaint Louverture, Rainsford provided eyewitness testimonial that said the intelligence and effectiveness of the Haitian rebels. even supposing now not an abolitionist, Rainsford still was once supportive of the self sufficient nation of Haiti, which he argued posed no probability to British colonial pursuits within the West Indies, a really strange stance on the time. Rainsford's account made a right away effect upon book; it used to be greatly reviewed, and translated two times in its first yr. Paul Youngquist's and Grégory Pierrot's serious advent to this re-creation presents contextual and ancient info, in addition to new biographical information regarding Rainsford. Of specific curiosity is a newly came upon miniature portray of Louverture attributed to Rainsford, that's reproduced besides the twelve engravings that observed his unique account.

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