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General LeClerc (pages 85-96)

General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc was born in Pontoise, France on March 17, 1779. He died of yellow fever on the island of Tortugas, on December 2, 1802. He served under Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy, and in 1797 married Bonaparte's sister, Pauline. He viciously fought against the Haitian Revolution in Santo Domingo, specifically Cap Francais. He eventually defeated Toussaint L'Ouverture (and it was LeClerc who tricked him into boarding a French vessel that took L'Ouverture back to France where he would die in prison) who then signed a treaty saying that France controlled the whole island of Santo Domingo.

Sketch of General LeClerc in Haiti

LeClerc in Haiti - http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/haiti/revolution-6.gif

LeClerc then attempted to re-enslave the inhabitants of Santo Domingo, but they set fire to the island and exacted horrible forms of vengeance on the French. The French fought back just as cruelly at first, but were soon weakened by yellow fever and a lack of provisions. The blacks of the island then gained ground, and LeClerc retreated to the island of Tortugas where he was claimed by yellow fever, despite Pauline's attempts to use Vodou beliefs to protect him.

For more information, go to:

http://virtualology.com/apyictoremmanuelleclerc/

http://www.napoleonguide.com/soldiers_leclerc.htm

 


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