Defiant Haiti: Free-Soil Runaways, Ship Seizures and the Politics of Diplomatic Non-Recognition in the Early Nineteenth Century

Dennis R. Hidalgo

Johnhenry Gonzalez has written an article with engaging stories and on a topic that deserves even more attention.

I finally got to read Johnhenry Gonzalez’s article published in the latest issue of Abolition & Slavery 36:1 (2015): 124-135.  It deals with an understudied topic, but one that is important to me.  If this is an indication of a trend, I am happy for this budding interest in post-revolutionary Haiti (1820s) and the Atlantic World.

Runaways escaping by boat Runaways escaping by boat

No images survive of Mary Prince herself, but this is the photo that has often been used to illustrate her story No images survive of Mary Prince herself, but this is the photo that has often been used to illustrate her story

It is only at the end of the article that the reader notices that Gonzalez had nicely weaved in pirates’ and runaway accounts into a foreign policy study. Gonzalez knows that Prince Mary’s remarkable autobiography fits perfectly when talking about runaways from the Caicos’ islands. So, there she is.  Attention to stories like…

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