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had no alternative but either to withdraw the troops altogether from St. Domingo, leaving our allies and new fubjects, the French planters who had fworn allegiance to our government, to the mercy of their enemies, or to fend, from an already exhaufted army, a fmall reinforcement of men, to perifh probably in the fame manner as thofe had done whofe numbers they were fcarcely fufficient to replace. T H E latter mealure was adopted : in truth, the circumftances of the cafe admitted of no other. T h e remainder of the 49th regiment, the 20th, and the royals, amounting altogether to feven or eight hundred men, were therefore difpatched with all poffible expedition ; and the fafety of Jamaica was at length entrufted to lefs than four hundred regular troops. T H E fudden appearance in St. Domingo of a reinforcement, though fmall in itfelf, produced however a confiderable effect among the French planters, by inducing a belief that the Britifh government was now ferioufly refolved to follow up the blow. In the beginning of December, the parifhes of Jean Rabel, St. Marc, Arcahaye, and Boucaffin furrendered on the fame con足 ditions as had been granted to Jeremie; and their example was foon afterwards followed by the inhabitants of Leogane. All the former parifhes are fituated on the north fide of the Bight : Leogane on the fouth. T H E Britifh commanders now directed their views once more towards the capture of Tiburom. The defeat which our troops had

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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