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mingo. When therefore he was afked why he had not ac­ quainted the executive council with this circumftance, he was utterly difconcerted and had no reply to make. O N the 13th, the commiffioners ordered M . Galbaud to em­ bark forthwith on board the floop of war La Normande, and return to France. At the fame time they fent inftructions to Monf. de la Salle, whom they had left commandant at Port au Prince, to repair to the Cape and receive from them, in the name of the French republick, the command of the colony. T H E feven following days were fpent on both fides in in­ trigues and preparations for hoftilities. Galbaud's brother, a man of fpirit and enterprize, had collected from among the in­ habitants, the Cape militia, and the feamen in the harbour, a ftrong party to fupport the governor's authority. On the 20th, the two brothers landed at the head of one thoufand two hundred failors, and being joined by a confiderable body of volunteers, immediately marched in array towards the govern­ ment houfe, in which the commiffioners were ftationed. T h e latter were defended by the people of colour, a body of regulars, and one piece of cannon. T h e conflict was fierce and bloody. T h e volunteers manifefted great firmnefs, but the feamen get­ ting poffeffion of a wine cellar, foon became intoxicated and ungovernable ; and the column was obliged to retire to the royal arfenal, where they remained the enfuing night unmolested. T H E next morning many fkirmifhes took place in the ftreets, with various fuccefs, in one of which Galbaud's brother was taken prifoner by the commiffioners'troops; and in another, the

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CHAP. VIII.

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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