Saint-Domingue consisted of 42,000 whites, 38,000 slaves and 8000 plantations. The military forces consisted of 5,000 men. 80,000 sailors were engaged in trade. "St. Domingue, the Pearl of the Antilles, produced and exported more sugar than the entire British West Indies put together." (Parkinson, p. 22)
In 1788 the colonial planter Le Jeune successfully defends himself against charges of burning two female slave's legs. (Parkinson, p. 20).
FebruaryFrench Revolution - the abolitionist society Société des Amis des Noirs was founded in Paris to extend to France the growing European movement to address slavery.
- Parkinson, Wenda (1978). This Gilded African. London: Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-2187-4