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THE FRENCH IN SAINT-DOMINGUE & JAMAICA 1694<br>AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT<br>Journal fidele de ce qui s’est passé dans la Jamaïque à la gloire du Roy, contenant les avantages remportez par l’Escadre de Sa Majesté, commandée par le Sr. Rolon sur les Anglois, avec une Relation des tremblemens de terre, & autres choses remarquables. Bordeaux, Pierre Abegou, 1695.
4to. (227 x 170 mm.) 8 pp. Bound in marbled paper over boards. Margins short, cropping page numbers on 2 leaves and just touching but not obscuring the top of some letters of text. Generally very good.Very rare, with one recorded copy (in Bordeaux), of a detailed and lively account of this French expedition against Jamaica during the Nine Years War, comprising a string of brutal attacks over the summer of 1694 led by Jean-Baptiste Du Casse. Appointed Governor of Saint-Domingue in 1691, Du Casse had earlier in his career been involved with the slave-trading Compagnie du Senegal and had served throughout the Atlantic world in various capacities including as admiral and privateer. Very familiar with the Caribbean and the ways of the filibusterers and buccaneers operating there, he was the best candidate for the difficult job of rallying competing interests to align with those of la France d'outre-mer at a time when funding from France was scarce with Louis XIV distracted by the War of the League of Augsburg closer to home. In brief, 3 French warships accompanied by numerous transport ships under the command of Captain Rollon, were sent to Saint Dominique to provide support to the colonists against the Spanish in neighboring Hispaniola. Soon after their arrival they were reassigned by Du Casse to cruise off Jamaica in early April, 1694 where they eventually landed at Port Morant on the eastern coast of the island. Over a period of six to seven weeks they ravaged plantations, destroyed over 50 sugar-works and kidnapped hundreds of slaves along with killing and torturing numerou … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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