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148 CHAP. X.

H I S T O R Y

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T H E voluntary furrender of thefe places raifed expectations in the people of England, that the whole of the French colony in St. Domingo would fubmit without oppofition; but the ad­ vantages hitherto obtained, feem to have been greatly over­ valued. T h e town of Jeremie is a place of no importance.—It contains about one hundred very mean houfes, and the country in the vicinage is not remarkably fertile ; producing nothing of any account but coffee. At the Mole of Cape St. Nicholas, the country is even lefs productive than in the neighbour­ hood of Jeremie ; but the harbour is one of the fineft in the new world, and the fortifications vie with the ftrongeft in the Weft Indies : unfortunately, from the elevation of the furrounding heights, the place is not tenable againft a power­ ful attack by land. T h e garrifon con lilted only of the re­ giment of Dillon, which was reduced by ficknefs or defertion to about one hundred and fifty men. T h e town of St. Nicholas adjoining, was in the higheft degree hoftile : moft of the inhabitants, capable of bearing arms, left the place on the arrival of the Englifh, and joined the republican army. ZEALOUS, however, to promote the glory of the Britifh name, Colonel Whitelocke determined that his little army fhould not continue inactive at Jeremie. It was reprefented to him, that the acquifition of the neighbouring poft of Tiburon would prove of the utmoft importance towards the fecurity of Grand Ance, and a M . Duval pledging himfelf to raife five hun­ dred men to co-operate in its reduction, an expedition was under­ taken for that purpofe, and Colonel Whitelocke, with moft of the

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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