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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 Priest, the Prophetess, and the Fall of Trou Coffy

The Priest, the Prophetess, and the Fall of Trou Coffy

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The Priest and the Prophetess

Terry Rey

Oxford University Press

“The Priest, the Prophetess, and the Fall of Trou Coffy” is the climactic chapter of this book because it reveals the nature of the relationship between the priest and the prophetess, Abbé Ouvière and Romaine-la-Prophétesse, and its illumination of events surrounding the fall of the Trou Coffy insurgency, including details on what might be called the Battle of Léogâne. Opening with an explanation of Abbé Ouvière’s enlistment as an adviser to the free colored Confederate Army and the plan he devised with them to pacify the Trou Coffy insurgents and bring them into the Confederate fold, the chapter details the priest’s trip to the prophetess’ lair and his meeting with Romaine, resulting in the treaty that placed the Virgin Mary’s godson in control over Léogane. It concludes with an analysis of a French commander’s arrival with troops to retake the occupied city and eventually defeat the Trou Coffy insurgency.

Keywords:   Romaine-la-Prophétesse, Abbé Ouvière, Trou Coffy, Léogâne, St. Léger

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