Georges Biassou

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Leader of the Boukman Rebellion and general of the rebel army. Biassou attended the vodou ceremony at Bois Caïman.

"He was the opposite of Jean Francois, brusque, quick-tempered, and reckless." (Parkinson, p. 40) In early 1794, though nominally inferior to Biassou, Toussaint Louverture's power was growing. "Biassou became, in self-defence, increasingly arrogant and aggresive, his self-importance growing as his military success diminished; always a drinker and a womanizer, his self indulgence was now affecting his skill as a soldier, and for all this he blamed Toussaint." (Parkinson, p. 75)

"After 1795, Biassou went to St. Augustine in Florida where he bought a large plantation, farmed, ironically, by slaves, but he drank both his land and his money away and died in a brawl when drunk. Toussaint with his usual kindness to women in distress granted his widow a pension." (Parkinson, p. 92)


Parkinson, Wenda (1978). This Gilded African. London: Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-2187-4