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Re: assimilation of Chesapeake fpoc with LA Creole

This response is to this thread and an earlier one where you mention Hispanola.
I am not clear of the time frame that you are placing your family in VA and then NC but the quotes below refer to the 1790's to early 1800's.

In Dr. Tommie Bogger's book Free Blacks in Norfolk (VA) 1790-1860 he states (page 24)

"Numerous ships docking at local wharves brought the latest accounts of the revolution in France ...even more propitiously rumors of Haitian blacks filtered into the borough and then actual refugees - French men and women, slaves and free persons of color - began to stream into Norfolk...
Radical doctrines were being imported into the city by free people of color and slaves who had been eyewitnesses to the black uprising in Haiti, but the more explosive factor was the realization that the fruits of the American Revolution would not be extended to slaves"

In the footnote on page 207..Bogger states that many of these refugees would "become permenant residents"

I do know that many would migrate to other states.

footnote page 206)Ira Berlin in his book Slaves Without Masters would write " news of the successful slave rebellion in Haiti encouraged slaves to run away, especially in Norfolk because a large number of Haitian refugees arrived in the borough in 1793 and they bought slaves with them"

Selma


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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