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H I S T O R Y

14

CHAP.

OF

II

From the Revolution of 1789, to the Meeting of the Firft General Colonial Affembly.

CHAP. II.

O

N the 27th of December 1788, the court of France came to the memorable determination to fummon the States General of the kingdom ; and refolved that the reprefentation of the tiers ĂŠtat (or commons) fhould be equal to the fum of the reprefentation of the other two orders.

meafure, as might have been forefeen, proved the bafis of the great national revolution that followed ; and it operated with immediate and decifive effect in all the French colonies. The go­ vernor of the French part of St. Domingo at that period was Monf. Duchilleau, a man who was fuppofed fecretly to favour the popular pretenfions. He was allowed therefore to continue unmolefted in the feat of government; but the fceptre dropped from his hand ; for when he attempted to prevent the parochial and provincial meetings, which were every where fummoned, from affembling, his proclamations were treated with indignity and contempt: the meetings were held in fpite of the governor, and refolutions paffed declaratory of the right of the colonifts to fend deputies to the States General. Deputies were accordingly elected THIS

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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