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On the EdgeWriting the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381601

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.001.0001

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Landscaping Hispaniola: Médéric Louis Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry and border politics

Landscaping Hispaniola: Médéric Louis Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry and border politics

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On the Edge
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.003.0002

This chapter analyses two eighteenth-century works by Médéric Louis Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry, a prominent member of the white creole elite born in Martinique in 1750: Description Topographique et Politique de la partie espagnole de l'Isle Saint-Domingue (1796) and Description Topographique, Physique, Civile, Politique et Historique de la partie française de l'Isle Saint-Domingue (1797). Both texts highlight the contradictory dynamics engendered by the presence of a colonial frontier in Hispaniola. They also consider the border politics involving pre-revolutionary French Saint Domingue and Spanish Santo Domingo and reveal Saint-Méry's deep anxiety over vast portions of the island which were under the control of the maroons.

Keywords:   maroons, Médéric Louis Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry, colonial frontier, Hispaniola, Saint Domingue, Santo Domingo, border politics

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