Georges Biassou

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Georges Biassou was 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 François, 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)

Final Years

"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