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By the mid1500s , the colonials had to begin importing black Africans to the island to labor under Spanish masters in its gold mines and sugarcane fields , and later under the French , who began to dominate the colony in 1659 .
Each time the French shot down an approaching battalion of slaves , a new one seemed to rise up behind it , and kept coming . Among the black troops were marrons , or Maroons , slaves who had fled the hardships of the plantations many ...
The colonial historian Moreau de Saint - Méry describes the continual depredations wreaked on the French planters , on their mulatto counterparts ( freemen who often owned plantations and slaves themselves ) ; and on their property by ...
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The rainy season: Haiti since DuvalierUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This welcome interpretation of Haiti provides many insights into a country that few North Americans understand. Wilentz, a journalist, captures the complex cultural ambience and mystery of domestic ... Read full review