Romaine-la-Prophétesse

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Romaine-la-Prophétesse (died 1795) a [[mulatto] and a religious leader of slave insurrections in Saint-Domingue whose campaign in the plain of Léogâne lasted from the summer of 1791 to March of the following year. Romaine claimed to be the godson of the Virgin Mary, who commanded him to raid plantations, and kill whites.
"He pretended that he had had frequent apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, and in this way he acquired a great amount of influence over his companions." (Léger p. 54)

References

  • Léger, Jacques Nicolas. Haiti Her History And Her Detractors. (1907). The Neale Publishing Company. New York. available online - Accessed on October 11, 2007.
  • Rey, Terry. (1998) The Virgin Mary and Revolution in Saint-Domingue: The Charisma of Romaine-la-Prophétesse. Journal of Historical Sociology 11 (3), 341–369.