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Contributed Scholarly Introduction: Edwards, Bryan, Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo (1797)

Edwards, Bryan, Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo (1797)

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The following item's full title "An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo A Short Account of its Ancient Government, Political State, Population, Productions, and Exports; a Narrative of the Calamities which have Desolated the Country ever since the Year 1789, with some Reflections on their Causes and Probable Consequences; and a Detail of the Military Transactions of the British Army in that Island to the end of 1794" was written by Brian Edwards and published c.1797. The text provides a comprehensive survey of the British, French, and "Inhabitants" ways of life in the French Colony of St. Domingo. It also details the island's agricultural history, as well as some of its natural history. Edwards was notably pro-slavery, an idea that is ever-present throughout the text, where he also often writes of his complete disdain for the island's native people. He notes connections with many important political figures in both St. Domingo and his native Europe, and how these relationships have helped him acquire much of the information in these texts.

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