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1791 < 1792 > 1793



  • On April 4 French General Assembly issues a decree which enfranchises free Blacks and free Mulattoes but does not emancipate the slaves. (Kennedy, p. 137) The Assembly prepares a second commission, led by Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, to enforce the ruling.


Portrait of Sonthonax.


  • In October Civil Commissioner Ailhaud returns to France.
  • On October 21 Rochambeau is installed as Governor General for the first time. The second time, he becomes ruler of Saint-Domingue in November of 1802, until the Haitian revolutionary forces commanded by Jean-Jacques Dessalines deliver the final defeat to the French army in 1803.


  • Kennedy, Roger G. (1989). Orders from France: The Americans and the French in a Revolutionary World, 1780-1820. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-394-55592-9.
  • Parkinson, Wenda (1978). This Gilded African. London: Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-2187-4