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188 CHAP. XII.

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THE hereditary and unextinguifhable animofity between the Spanifh and French planters has already been noticed. It is pro­ bable, however, that the knowledge of this circumftance created greater reliance on the co-operation of the Spaniards with the Bri­ tifh army than was juftified by fubfequent events. At the earneft and repeated folicitations of Lieutenant Colonel Brifbane,in 1794, orders were indeed tranfmitted from the city of St.. Domingo to the Commandant at Verettes, Don Francifco de Villa Neuva, to join the Englifh with the militia of that part of the coun­ try ; the Britifh garrifon at St. Marc undertaking to fupply them with provifions and ammunition : but thefe orders were ill obeyed. Not more than three hundred men were brought into the field, and even thofe were far from being hearty in the common caufe. T h e French loyalifts appeared in greater numbers in the neighbourhood of St. Marc than in any other diftrict; and the Spaniards detefted the French colonifts of all defcriptions. It was evident, at the fame time, that they were almoft equally jealous of the Englifh; betraying manifeft, fymptoms of difcontent and envy, at beholding them in poffeffion of St. Marc, and the fertile plains in its vicinage. They proceed­ ed, however, and took the town and harbour of Gonaive ; but their fubfequent conduct manifefted the bafeft treachery, or the rankeft cowardice. T h e town was no fooner attacked by a fmall detachment from the revolted negroes, than the Spaniards fuffered themfelves to be driven out of it, in the moft unac­ countable manner ; leaving the French inhabitants to the fury of the favages, who maffacred the whole number (as their 2 comrades

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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