Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution

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THE ST. DOMINGO STATION

The USS General Green—soon to play a role in the St. Domingo story—was fitting out for duty in the West Indies, and the Boston papers advertised for men to serve:

All able bodied and ordinary Seamen who wish to serve their
Country, on board the U.S. Frigate General Greene, Christopher
Raymond Perry, Commander, now lying in at Newport, may have an
opportunity of entering, by applying at the House of Mrs. Broaders in
Fore Street, where a Rendezvous is opened for that purpose, and
where the Terms will be made known.

Where the INJURIES and INSULTS of our Country are considered
on the one hand, and the glory of avenging them on the other, it is
presumed that any pressing solicitation to enter the service will be
unnecessary.1

In fact, the navy had few problems in recruiting; enthusiasm for the war was high, and the government was offering premium wages.

Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert already had most of his few available fighting ships in the West Indies. Even before the presidential proclamation, Stoddert had urged his captains to call at Cap François if possible, noting that General Toussaint was eager to see

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 3
  • July 1790 8
  • St. Domingue 23
  • White Cockade, Red Cockade 45
  • The Cost of Neutrality 66
  • Trouble with Britain 89
  • Trouble with France 106
  • Toussaint's Clause 126
  • Creating a Quarantine 144
  • The St. Domingo Station 162
  • Jefferson Equivocates 179
  • The Leclerc Expedition 199
  • St. Domingo and Louisiana 213
  • A Risky Trade 229
  • The Clearance Act Debate 245
  • The Trade Suspended 263
  • Embargo and Neglect 279
  • Epilogue 292
  • Notes 296
  • Bibliography 310
  • Index 317
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