Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse
Joyeuse lobbied against the emancipation of slaves in the French colonies. He was a participant of the French Revolution, but later had to go into exile due to his connections with royalists. In 1801 he was recalled into service by Napoléon Bonaparte who had begun to launch his offensive against Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution.
Villaret de Joyeuse and the events of 1791
In 1791 Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse, who had just been given the command of the frigate La Prudente, was sent on a mission to transport French troops to Saint-Domingue. Arriving shortly before the breakout of the Boukman Rebellion that launched the Haitian Revolution, he then helped governor Philibert François Rouxel, viscount de Blanchelande to transport troops around the French colony.
Image: Engraving of Admiral Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse by J. N. Joly