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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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An Abbé’s Atlantic Adventures

An Abbé’s Atlantic Adventures

(p.161) 7 An Abbé’s Atlantic Adventures
The Priest and the Prophetess

Terry Rey

Oxford University Press

Shortly after the fall of the Trou Coffy insurgency in March 1792, Abbé Ouvière was appointed a delegate of the free colored Confederacy and tasked with returning to France to present their cause before the National Assembly in Paris. The delegation’s chief aim was to secure their full civil rights as French citizens; however, unbeknownst to them, Abbé Ouvière was a royalist who rejected the French Revolution and acted clandestinely to restore the rule of the ancien régime over Saint-Domingue. Several dramatic turns thus ensued when the priest’s papers were seized, including letters from his co-ideologues and his ailing wife, whom he had secretly married two years prior. Forced to flee France because of his political deceit, Ouvière would soon find himself in Jamaica, eventually making an dramatic passage to Philadelphia to embark on a new phase of his life. Chapter 7, “An Abbé’s Atlantic Adventures,” focuses on these events.

Keywords:   French Revolution, Abbé Ouvière, Atlantic world, piracy, revolutionary Paris, colonial Jamaica, early republican Philadelphia, National Assembly

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