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130 CHAP. IX.

H I S T O R Y

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time my Hiftory commences ; and thefe particulars will be found in what remains of the prefent Chapter. THE poffeffions of the French in St. Domingo, as I have elfewhere obferved, were divided into three great departments, called the Northern, the Weftern, and the Southern provinces. T h e Northern province comprehended a line of fea-coaft extending about forty leagues, from the river Maffacre, to Cape St. Nicho­ las, and contained (including Tortuga) twenty-five parifhes. Its population, in the beginning of 1790, confifted of 11,996 white inhabitants of all ages, and 164,656 negro flaves. T h e number of fugar plantations was 288, of which 258 made what is called clayed, or foft white fugar, and 30 muscovado, or new fugar. It reckoned 2,009 plantations of coffee, 66 of cotton, 443 of indigo, and 215 fmaller eftablifhments, fuch as provifion-polinks, cacaogroves, tan-pits, potteries, brick-kilns, &c. O F the towns and harbours in the Northern province, the chief were thofe of Cape François, Fort Dauphin, Port Paix, and Cape St. Nicholas. I fhall treat only of the firft and the laft. T H E town of Cape François (which in time of war was the feat of the French government) would have ranked among the cities of the fecond clafs, in any part of Europe, for beauty and regularity. It confifted of between eight and nine hundred houfes of ftone and brick, many of them handfome and commodious, befides fhops and warehoufes; and it contained two magnificent fquares, ornamented each with 6 a public к

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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