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The Cry of Liberty

The Cry of Liberty

Chapter:
(p.115) Chapter 6 The Cry of Liberty
Source:
The Black Carib Wars
Author(s):
Christopher Taylor
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617033100.003.0007

This chapter describes France’s war against Britain on the island of St. Vincent. In 1794, Victor Hugues arrived in the Caribbean to spread the fire of revolution through the West Indies and seize whatever British islands he could. Within five months he had taken Guadeloupe from a superior British force and exacted bloody revenge on those he deemed traitors to the new French republic. Hugues’ success is attributed to a strategy of rallying marginalized groups, including slaves who were offered the prospect of freedom, and free blacks and mulattoes. In St. Vincent, his efforts focused on the Black Caribs and a large population of French inhabitants who were believed to be ready to turn on the British.

Keywords:   Victor Hugues, French revolution, British islands, slaves, France

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