From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans : Migration and Influences

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2007-02-25
Publisher(s): Univ Pr of Florida
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Dessens examines the legacy of approximately 15,000 Saint-Domingue refugees--whites, slaves, and free people of color--who settled in Louisiana between 1791 and 1815. Forced to flee their French Caribbean colony following a slave rebellion that gave birth to the Haitian Republic in January 1804, they spread throughout the Caribbean and along the North American Atlantic coast. Forming a relatively coherent diaspora for at least two decades, they concentrated in New Orleans. In this first comprehensive study of the Saint-Domingue influence, Dessens brings to light a refugee community composed in almost equal proportions of three population groups, yet completely forgotten by Louisiana historiography for more than 150 years, despite its arrival during a crucial historical era, its participation in the economic, social, and political life of a new homeland, and its cultural legacy to the "Creole capital." A few pioneer historians of Louisiana raised the Saint-Domingue refugees from oblivion in the mid-20th century, but only one collection of articles,The Road to Louisiana, has ever been published about them. Dessens finds that the new arrivals established New Orleansrs" first newspapers and many of its oldest schools and left their cultural influence on the cityrs"s music and architecture. The immigrants also brought with them inclusive ideas about people of African descent that helped shape local race relations. The children of these refugees carefully orchestrated shoemaker Homer Plessyrs"s vain attempt to outlaw segregation. Drawing on sources in France and the United States, as well as civic, church, and other primary documents in New Orleans, Dessens examines the salient features of the refugeesrs" former society, the reasons they left, the migration itself, and their reception and integration into New Orleans society. Revealing a better understanding of migratory movements and of Louisianars"s exceptionalism in the United States, this study will be of special interest to historians of the South, Gulf South, Louisiana, and New Orleans, as well as African American, Latin American, and Caribbean history, migration, and genealogy.

Table of Contents

The Saint-Domingue epicp. 6
Louisiana, land of welcomep. 22
The refugee communityp. 46
Influencing Louisiana's economic patternp. 67
A new social era?p. 91
The refugees' politics : from visibility to influencep. 109
A still unfathomed cultural legacy : refugees in Creole New Orleansp. 139
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