A New Day
The Prologue summarizes the events and outcome of the Saint-Domingue (Haitian) Revolution led by the charismatic Toussaint Louverture. Free people of color who initially sought refuge in Santiago, Cuba, later immigrated to Louisiana in 1809-1810. Among these refuges were Joseph Rey, his wife, Elizabeth Mickline, and their son, Barthélemy. The Reys managed to enter New Orleans despite the strident opposition of the territorial governor, William C.C. Claiborne, who railed against increasing the population of the free people of color. This diaspora of the Saint-Domingue émigrés forever changed the cultural and political landscapes of New Orleans. It was the dawn of a new day for the Rey family and for New Orleans.
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