Vie de J.J. Dessalines


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Vida de J.J. Dessalines, gefe de los negros de Santo Domingo

Author: Dubroca, 1757-ca. 1835

Place of Publication: Mexico
Publisher: En la officina de D. Mariano de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, año de

Publication Date: 1806
Physical Description: [4], 10, 18, [2], 19-106 p., [10] leaves of plates : ill., ports. ; 21 cm. (4to)

The campaign to vilify Louverture acquired even greater ideological stakes with the impending invasion of Saint-Domingue under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte in early 1802. According to an 1814 History of Toussaint Louverture by M. D. Stephens, published in London, Bonaparte’s regime hired a writer named Jean-Louis Dubroca (1757-1835) to lead the propaganda war against Louverture. Here Dubroca villifies Dessalines in a book published in Mexico. Intended to instigate counter-revolution, the crude illustrations emphasize the anarchy and cruelty of the Haitian general. Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who succeeded to leadership of the war of independence following Louverture’s deportation to France in the summer of 1802, quickly became a symbol for foreign observers of the violence and authoritarianism of the Haitian Revolution.

Notes: E806 .D819v