'I Am the Subject of the King of Congo': African Political Ideology and the Haitian Revolution

Title'I Am the Subject of the King of Congo': African Political Ideology and the Haitian Revolution
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsThornton, John K.
JournalJournal of World History
Volume4
Issue2
Start Page181
Pagination181 - 214
Date PublishedFall 1993
Abstract

Slaves from the kingdom of Kongo made up a substantial proportion of the inhabitants of Saint-Domingue at the time of its revolution in 1701, and it is not surprising that their leaders occasionally invoked loyalty to the kingdom of Kongo. The civil wars that fed the slave trade from Kongo to the Caribbean included ideological dimensions concerning the proper use of power and authority, which had echoes in the ideology of the revolution. Exploring the African dimension of the revolutionary ideology suggests an alternative to the widely accepted notion of the role played by the ideology of the French Revolution as an inspiration for the rebels of Saint-Domingue.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/20078560
Short TitleJournal of World History
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