Slave and Free Colored Women in Saint Domingue

TitleSlave and Free Colored Women in Saint Domingue
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsGeggus, David
EditorGaspar, David Barry, and Darlene Clark Hine
Book TitleMore than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas
PublisherIndiana University Press

This chapter in the 1996 edited volume More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas explores the situation of slave and free colored women in Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) during the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. For much of eighteenth, this French colony was one of the most productive regions of the New World. After 1770 it became the world’s major producer not only of sugar but also of coffee. Its economy was thus more diversified than that of the average West Indian “sugar island” and its slave society was correspondingly more varied. Although its social structure was broadly typical of the non-Hispanic Caribbean, its institutions had much in common with those of the other Catholic colonies. Slave and free colored omen played an important role in the economy and society. But their situation and position changed in the context of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the first successful slave rebellion.

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