By Marcus Rainsford,Paul Youngquist,Grégory Pierrot

As the 1st whole narrative in English of the Haitian Revolution, Marcus Rainsford's An historic Account of the Black Empire of Hayti used to be hugely influential in constructing nineteenth-century global opinion of this momentous occasion. This re-creation is the 1st to seem because the unique e-book in 1805. Rainsford, a occupation officer within the British military, went to Haiti to recruit black squaddies for the British. by means of publishing his observations of the prowess of black troops, and recounting his conferences with Toussaint Louverture, Rainsford provided eyewitness testimonial that said the intelligence and effectiveness of the Haitian rebels. even supposing now not an abolitionist, Rainsford still was once supportive of the self sustaining kingdom of Haiti, which he argued posed no danger to British colonial pursuits within the West Indies, an incredibly strange stance on the time. Rainsford's account made a right away influence upon ebook; it was once commonly reviewed, and translated two times in its first yr. Paul Youngquist's and Grégory Pierrot's serious advent to this re-creation offers contextual and old info, in addition to new biographical information regarding Rainsford. Of specific curiosity is a newly found miniature portray of Louverture attributed to Rainsford, that is reproduced besides the twelve engravings that followed his unique account.

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