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culty than the Britifh government feem to have imagined. Confidering the extent and natural ftrength of the country, it may well be doubted, whether all the force which Great Britain could have fpared, would have been fufficient to re足 duce it to fubjection, and reftore it at the fame time to such a degree of order and fubordination, as to make it a colony worth holding. T h e truth feems to have been, that General Williamfon, to whom, as hath been obferved, the direction and diftribution of the armament was entrufted, and whofe active zeal in the fervice of his country was eminently confpicuous, was deceived, equally with the King's minifters, by the favourable accounts and exaggerated reprefentations of fanguine and interefted individuals, concerning the difpofition of their countrymen, the white planters remaining in St. Domingo. Inftead of the few hundreds of them which afterwards reforted to the Britifh ftandard, the Governor had reafon to expect the fupport and co-operation of at leaft as many thoufands. In this fatal confidence, the armament allotted for this important expedition was compofed of only the 13th regiment of foot, feven companies of the 49th, and a detachment of artillery, altogether amounting to about eight hundred and feventy, rank and file, fit for duty. Such was the force that was to annex to the crown of Great Britain, a country nearly equal in ex足 tent, and in natural ftrength infinitely fuperior, (to Great B r i 足 tain itfelf ! Speedy and effectual reinforcements from England were, however, promifed, as well to replace the troops which were removed from Jamaica, as to aid the operations in StDomingo. IN

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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