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PÉTITION DES PATRIOTES DÉPORTÉS DES ISLES MARTINIQUE, GUADELOUPE ET SAINT-LUCIE, À LA CONVENTION NATIONALE [caption title]
[Paris]: De l'Imprimerie de Limbourg et Comp., 1794. 7pp., gathered in folded sheets. Quarto. Outer leaf separating along the fold, two small binding holes at inner margin, not affecting text. Somewhat tanned, with some light dampstaining, heavier on final leaf. Moderate dust soiling to rear blank. About very good. A petition from French veterans of wars in the Caribbean from Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Saint-Lucie protesting the vilification of their actions in the colonies to the French National Convention, which governed France from 1792 to 1795. According to the tract, it was perceived in France because of the racial aspects of the Caribbean conflicts that, "Tous les habitans des Colonies sont les enemies de la république et les assassins des hommes de couleur." The petitioners therefore appeal to the National Convention to rectify this view and to rehabilitate those affected, writing that, "Dequis cinq ans notre sang coule pour la France... et maintenant nous ne sommes ruinés et deportés, que parce qu'il est impossible aux vrais républicains de reconnoître d'autre souveraineté que celle de Peuple français, d'autres législaturs que la Convention nationale." They then further state their allegiance to France and request their rightful compensation. A rare and interesting document of the effect of the French Revolution on Caribbean colonial affairs. OCLC records only two publicly held copies, both at the British Library. OCLC 557756986.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana ]
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