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Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue

Paul Cheney


This book is a micro-level study of one plantation in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), situated on the Cul de Sac Plain, near Port au Prince. The sugar economy of eighteenth-century Saint-Domingue produced profits for planters and merchants, but it was based upon social, political, ecological, and market foundations that rendered it weak and crisis-prone. Socially, it was based upon the importation of forced labor that was the source of profit, but that also limited the incentive for technical innovation and constantly posed the threat of violent revolt; politically, it was built upon a col ... More

Keywords: plantation complex, Saint-Domingue, Ferron de la Ferronnays, early modern capitalism, France, slavery, Haitian Revolution, sugar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226079356
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226411774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Cheney, author
University of Chicago