Haiti Independence – Haiti Indemnity

[Caption Title:] Chambre des Pairs. Séance du 20 avril 1826. Opinion de M. le comte de Kergorlay, Sur le projet de loi relatif à la reparation de l'indemnité stipulée en faveur des colons de Saint-Domingue. (Impressions No. 74./1826.)

(Paris?): (S.n.), 1826. First edition. Published unbound. Attached with string. 46, (2) p. Untrimmed. In fine condition.

Comte de Kergorlay’s (1769–1856) speech concerning the “Haiti Indemnity” at the Chamber of Peers on April 19, 1826.

After the successful slave rebellion of Saint-Domingue which culminated in the elimination of slavery and the founding of the Republic of Haiti it took more than twenty years until the French ruler, King Charles X of France recognised the independence of the island in return of 150 million gold franc indemnity in April 1825. The sum was later reduced to 90 million in 1838.

The issue of the indemnity appeared again in 2003 when the President of Haiti demanded France to pay back over 21 billion U.S. dollars, the equivalent in today’s money of the 90 million gold francs, however in 2004 the prime minister rescinded the reparations demand.

Not in Sabin. Not in the Haiti Collection of John Carter Brown Library.


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