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Beyond the Slave NarrativePolitics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution$
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Deborah Jenson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314971

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316517

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Reading Between the Lines: Dessalines's Anticolonial Imperialism in Venezuela and Trinidad

Reading Between the Lines: Dessalines's Anticolonial Imperialism in Venezuela and Trinidad

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(p.161) 4 Reading Between the Lines: Dessalines's Anticolonial Imperialism in Venezuela and Trinidad
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Beyond the Slave Narrative
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316517.005

In the early years of the nineteenth century, Haiti was being reframed from a sovereign state to an eternal rogue colony. Jean-Jacques Dessalines attempted to strengthen its economy, military, and culture through international trade, demographic development, and publication of state documents. However, the rest of the world increasingly viewed his nation as an inherent subversion of the racialised power hierarchies on which Euro-American prosperity was based, rather than a remarkable innovation and the triumph of right. Dessalines was linked to two anticolonial episodes beyond the borders of Haiti, the first involving Trinidad and the second involving an attempt by Francisco de Miranda to overthrow Spanish colonial control of Venezuela. This chapter examines the Haitian imperialist decolonisation that began in St. Thomas and concluded in Trinidad, looking in particular at Dessalines's anticolonial imperialism in Venezuela and Trinidad, and describing slave narratives associated with him.

Keywords:   Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Trinidad, Venezuela, Francisco de Miranda, slave narratives, decolonisation, anticolonial imperialism, St. Thomas

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