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1804, Haiti Declaration of Independence, Dessalines
(Haiti Declaration of Independence, 1 Jan. 1804): n.a., 8p, au Port-au-Prince, Impr. gov., n.d. (The entire text is in French. This “lost” pamphlet
was discovered at The British National Archives on 2 Feb. 2010 by Duke University graduate student Julia Gaffield in colonial correspondence relating
to Jamaica in the Archives’ collections {volume CO 137/111}. It had been one of six enclosures sent by Edward Cor-bet, H.M. Agent for British Affairs
on Hispaniola, in a letter to Sir George Nugent, Governor of Jamaica, on 25 January 1804 regarding his negotiations with Jean Jacques Dessalines,
Governor Général and first ruler of Haiti. Corbet had been appointed to reopen commercial negotiations abandoned by Toussaint Louverture, leader of the
slave rebellion in the French colony of St. Dominique. The Declaration takes the form of a printed 8-page pamphlet in three parts: In the first two
pages, the “Générals of the Haitian Army” endorse an oath swearing to renounce the French yoke and to die rather than to live under French domination; On
pages 3 to 7 Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Général-in-Chief, addresses the Haitians in an impassioned defense of independence; On the final page the Haitian
Générals proclaim Dessalines Governor-Général for life and swear to obey laws issued under his authority.)
Title:   Liberté, ou la mort : Armée indigène.
OCLC Number:   772250452
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