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EXTRAIT DES REGISTRES DE L'ASSEMBLÉE PROVINCIALE DE LA PARTIE DU NORD DE LA COLONIE FRANÇOISE DE SAINT-DOMINGUE. DES DELIBÉRATIONS DE LA SÉANCE DU MERCREDI 18 NOVEMBRE 1789.[caption title].
[Cap-Français. 1789]. - Broadside, 17 3/4 x 14 inches. Old folds, minor wear at edges, some minor foxing. Very good. Broadside, signed in type by Jean-Jacques Bacon de la Chevalerie (1731-1815) as President and by Geanty as Secretary, concerning the local militia. This broadside is an excellent testimony to the formation, in August 1789, of assemblies composed of white settlers only - which was actually illegal until their authorization by the National Assembly in a decree of March 8, 1790, made under the pressure from the colonial committee in Paris which realized the situation on St. Domingue was out of control. Here, the assembly deals with the organization of a militia responsible for ensuring the public tranquility, on the model of the National Guard in the Paris. Brigadier Bacon de la Chevalerie, chosen from the outset by the settlers to chair the Northern Provincial Assembly, declared himself leader of the white separatist movement on the island and played a significant role in the revolutionary events of the period. A rare format for surviving imprints from St. Domingue. From imprints handled by this firm we know that there was a rich print culture in St. Domingue on the verge of the revolution. There were presses at Saint Marc, Port-au- Prince, and Cap Français, with probably two or three different printers at each of the last two. All Caribbean printing is quite rare. No copies located in OCLC.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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