U.S. Proclamation Regarding Commerce with St. Domingo (1799)
The second U.S. President John Adams (1735 – 1826) issued this Proclamation of June 26, 1799: Regarding Commerce with St. Domingo during the Quasi-War with France. The Quasi-War was a naval confrontation from 1798 to 1800.
President Adams had said of Saint-Domingue "They are necessary to us and we are necessary to them". (Sepinwall)
Whereas the arrangements which have been made at St. Domingo for the safety of the commerce of the United States and for the admission of American vessels into certain ports of that island do, in my opinion, render it expedient and for the interest of the United States to renew a commercial intercourse with such ports:
Therefore I, John Adams, President of the United States, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the above-recited act, do hereby remit and discontinue the restraints and prohibitions therein contained within the limits and under the regulations here following, to wit:
- Dr. Edward Stevens - The U.S. Consul in Saint-Domingue at the time of the proclamation.
- Tobias Lear - The successor of Dr. Edward Stevens.
- Tobias Lear letter to James Madison - 1801 letter detailing events in Saint-Domingue.
- The Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase - Shows the impact of Haiti's revolution on U.S. politics.
- Monroe Doctrine - U.S. policies in the Americas laid out by President Monroe in 1823.
- A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents. (1887) Prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on printing, of the House and Senate. Pursuant to an Act of the Fifty-Second Congress of the United States. New York : Bureau of National Literature, Inc..
- Sepinwall, Alyssa Goldstein, California State University - San Marcos. "The Specter of Saint-Domingue: The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the United States and France." The Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, an International Scholarly Conference. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI. June 20, 2004