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The Priest and the Prophetess: Abbé Ouvière, Romaine Rivière, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World

Terry Rey


Shortly after a slave revolt in the North Province of the French colony of Saint-Domingue sparked the Haitian Revolution in August 1791, a free black immigrant coffee farmer and gender-bending religious visionary named Romaine-la-Prophétesse launched a separate insurgency on behalf of his own beleaguered people. Leading thousands of free colored insurgents and the slaves they liberated in the colony’s West Province, Romaine achieved something that no other rebel leader ever did in the colonial history of the Americas: conquering not one, but two coastal cities: Jacmel and Léogâne. His politica ... More

Keywords: Haitian Revolution, abolition, slavery, Catholicism, Vodou, revolutionary Atlantic world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190625849
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Rey, author
Associate Professor of Religion, Temple University