This chapter focuses on Jean-Jacques Dessalines's public relations apparatus designed to reach out to the American media. Dessalines's choice of the journalism market in the United States had, in the context of race, important implications for the act of declaring independence and helped secure U.S. support for ‘neutral’ commercial relations between America and Haiti. Dessalines had to demand recognition of Haiti's independence, to repulse colonial encroachments, and to try to make ‘neutrality’ applicable to other nations' relationships with a black republic such as Haiti. Haiti's economic relationship with the United States, which was thriving in the beginning, gradually deteriorated due to the ongoing French presence on the island of Hispaniola, along with the scandal surrounding Jeffersonian support for the decolonising mission of General Francisco Miranda.
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