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jects of vengeance, and deeds of greater enterprize ; but tyranny is without forefight, and the restlefs and remorfelefs bigotry of the Spanifh nation allowed the fugitives no refpite. An arma足 ment was collected, and preparations made to effect their utter extermination ; the commanders of which, taking occafion when the ableft of the men had reforted to the larger ifland in their ufual purfuit, landed a body of foldiers at Tortuga, and making captives of the women and children, the old and infirm, caufed them all to be maffacred without mercy. I T does not appear that the miferable people who were thus purfued to destruction, like beafts of prey, had hitherto been guilty of any outrages or depredations on the fhips or fubjects of Spain, which called for fuch exemplary vengeance. Neither was it imputed to them as a crime that they had poffeffed themfelves of Tortuga, or that they roamed about the defarts of St. Do足 mingo in purfuit of cattle which had no owners. Their guilt confifted in the circumftance of being born out of the Spanifli territories, and prefuming neverthelefs to venture into any part of the New World ; for the arrogant presumption and extravagant felfifhnefs of this bigotted nation, led them to appropriate all the countries of America to themfelves. They claimed even the fole and exclufive right of failing on any fuch part of the main ocean as, in their judgment, conftituted a portion of the newlydifcovered hemifphere; and ftrict orders were iffued to all their commanders, by fea and land, to feize on the fhips and fubjects of all other people that fhould be found within the boundaries which they had prescribed, and to punifh the intruders with 6 flavery

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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