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Political State of S T . D O M I N G O previous to the Year 1789.

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H E i n h a b i t a n t e of t h e F r e n c h part of St. Domingo, C H A P 1 as of all the Weft Indian Iflands, were compofed of three great clafles: ift, pure whites. 2d, people of colour, and blacks of free condition. 3d, negroes in a ftate of Inhabitants. flavery. T h e reader is apprifed that the clafs which, by a ftrange abufe of language, is called people of colour, originates from an intermixture of the whites and the blacks. The genuine offspring of a pure white with a negro is called a mulatto; but there are various cafts, produced by fubfequent connections, fome of which draw near to the whites, until all vifible diftinction between them is loft; whilft others fall retrograde to the blacks. All thefe were known in St. Domingo by the term fang-melĂŠes, or gens de couleur, (in comB

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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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