Apercus sur le systeme des habitations a Saint-Domingue a partir des vestiges subsistant en Haiti

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de Cauna, Jacques, Bordeaux. "Aperçus sur le système des habitations à Saint-Domingue à partir des vestiges subsistant en Haïti." The Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, an International Scholarly Conference. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI. June 18, 2004.


Following are rough notes of de Cauna's speech, taken by Stuart Maxwell on June 18, 2004.

David Bell, Johns Hopkins University, read the presentation of Jacques de Cauna, who could not be here in person. The paper, accompanied by slides, described the plantations of Saint Domingue. To all appearances, the plantation was like a small town, with numerous workshops and workers with many specialized skills.

Next to the main house, a belfry was built; the bell called the slaves to work. A dungeon existed for recalcitrant workers.

Sugar cane was boiled, the raw sugar separated and dried in stacked casks for two weeks before being shipped off for sale. The scum was drained off and fermented to make rum.

Slave huts were set off from the big house with a [savanna?] between.