The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Negro Patriot of Hayti: Comprising an Account of the Struggle for Liberty in the Island, and a Sketch of Its History to the Present Period

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NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

NOTE A.
ON THE COLOURED POPULATION.

Coloured population means sometimes the collective mass of blacks and of coloured men; but we more frequently understand by the words, coloured population, coloured caste, coloured people, coloured men, those who are neither black nor white; we also give them the general denomination of the mixed races.

The collective or particular acceptation of coloured population derives its signification from the phrase in which it is used.

M. Moreau de Saint-Mery, in developing the system of Franklin, has classed under general heads the different shades which the mixed population of colour present.

He supposes that man altogether forms 128 shades, which are white among the whites, and black among the blacks.

Setting out from this principle, he proves that we are so much nearer to or farther from the one colour or the other, as we either approach or remove from the number 64, which is their middle term.

According to this system, every man who has not eight shades of white, is considered black.

Proceeding from this colour towards white, we distinguish nine principal stocks, which have again varieties among them, according as they retain more or less shades of the one colour or of the other.


The Sacatra

Approaches nearest to the negro, is produced in three different ways, and can have from eight to sixteen shades white, and from 112 to 120 shades black.

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