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flavery or death.—We have feen in what manner thofe orders were executed. I T is evident, therefore, that no alternative remained to the oc­ cupiers of Tortuga, but to turn on their purfuers, and wage offenfive war on thofe who would allow of no peace with them. If the juftice of their caufe be ftill a queftion, let the records of time be confulted; let an appeal be made to that rule of conduct, which (to ufe an eloquent expreffion of Lord Coke) is written by thefinger of God on the heart of man and let history and reafon determine, whether any instance of hoftility, in the annals of mankind, can be defended on better grounds. To fuch men, in fuch a caufe, no dangers were too formidable, no obftacles too great. Inured by their mode of life to the viciffitudes of the climate, united among themfelves, and animated by all the motives and paffions which can inflame the human mind to great exertion, they became the moft formidable antagonifts which the Spaniards had ever encountered, and difplayed fuch deeds of valour and fuccefsful enterprize, as (all circumftances confidered) have never been equalled before or iince. FROM a party of thefe adventurers (chiefly natives of Nor­ mandy) the French colony in St. Domingo derived its origin. By what means they were induced to feparate from their affociates in danger, to relinquifh the gratification of revenge and avarice, and exchange the. tumults of war for the temperate occupations of hufbandry, it is neither within my province nor ability to ex­ plain. Many of them, without doubt, were men who had been driven from Europe by indigent circumftances and defperate for­ tunes ;

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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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