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Cul de SacPatrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue$
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Paul Cheney

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226079356

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226411774.001.0001

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Evacuation and Indemnity

Evacuation and Indemnity

(p.191) Chapter Seven Evacuation and Indemnity
Cul de Sac

Paul Cheney

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides a detailed account of the means by which the Ferron de la Ferronnays family, through their manager Pierre-Jacques Corbier, attempted to keep their Cul de Sac sugar plantation working throughout the revolutionary decades. It recounts the collaboration of this family with the French, British, and Haitian governments as the Ferron de la Ferronnays tried to keep its fortune together during their period of self-imposed exile from the French Revolution. It also recounts the Ferronnays' participation in the indemnity of 1825, which Haiti paid to France for recognition of its independence. The payment of the indemnity--including the way it touched the lives of successive generations of the Ferronnays family, their managers the Corbiers, as well as the slaves owned by these two families, illustrate the persistence well into the nineteenth century of the old regime plantation complex.

Keywords:   Indemnity of 1825, French Revolution émigrés, Haitian Independence, Pierre-Jacques Corbier, British Occupation of Saint-Domingue, Napoleon Bonaparte, Santiago de Cuba, New Orleans

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