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The Priest and the ProphetessAbbé Ouvière, Romaine Rivière, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World$
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Terry Rey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625849.001.0001

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The Rise of Trou Coffy and the Jacmel Insurgent Theater

The Rise of Trou Coffy and the Jacmel Insurgent Theater

(p.13) 1 The Rise of Trou Coffy and the Jacmel Insurgent Theater
The Priest and the Prophetess

Terry Rey

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1, “The Rise of Trou Coffy and the Jacmel Insurgent Theater,” explains both the transatlantic sociopolitical context in which the free colored insurgencies in Saint-Domingue’s West and South Provinces emerged and the specific local social and racial tensions that drove Romaine-la-Prophétesse to lead an insurgency based on his coffee plantation in Trou Coffy, a mountain hamlet located between the cities of Jacmel and Léogâne. Trou Coffy’s raids and ultimate conquest of Jacmel are then carefully detailed, as well as its insurgents’ destruction of surrounding plantations and assaults on white populations throughout the region. The chapter also offers an original discussion of unrelated but culturally and historically relevant free colored insurgent activity around the city of Les Cayes, in the South Province. Generally speaking, the time period covered in this chapter is September 1791 to January 1792.

Keywords:   Free coloreds, Haitian Revolution, insurgency, West Province

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