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The Colonial System Unveiled

Baron de Vastey


This critical edition offers the first English translation of Baron de Vastey’s Le système colonial dévoilé, a trailblazing critique of colonialism and the transatlantic slave system that was originally published in Haiti in 1814. Jean-Louis Vastey was the best known Haitian writer to emerge in the years after that country’s world-historical revolution (1791-1804). Born in 1781, Vastey was the son of a white plantation owner and a free woman of color; by the time of his murder in 1820, he had authored over ten books and pamphlets, and had become one of the most influential members of the gover ... More

Keywords: Baron de Vastey, Henry Christophe, Haiti, Saint-Domingue, Haitian Revolution, anticolonialism, transatlantic slavery, racial science, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781781380314
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Baron de Vastey, author