An Historical Account of the Island of St Vincent

An Historical Account of the Island of St Vincent

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Charles Shephard, a legal officer of the island of Saint Vincent, made no attempt at objectivity in his account of the great 1795 Carib rebellion, this book being dedicated to the British survivors. But having had access to several contemporary diaries and having interviewed survivors, he was able to correct and expand the narratives of Bryan Edwards and Dr Coke, making this work the most detailed account of the overthrow of a unique people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 17.27mm | 598g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138976059
  • 9781138976054

Table of contents

Section 1: topographical description; soil; climate; roads; Kingstown; botanic garden; parishes; population; revenue coin; garrison; militia. Section 2: early history; yellow and black Caribs; cession in 1763; sale of lands; first war, 1772; Treaty of Peace, 1773; separate government; capture by the French. Section 3: French government; restoration of the island, 1783; consequences of the French Revolution; behaviour of the French and Caribs; insurrection in 1795; disastrous expedition to Windward; proceedings in the Leeward Quarter; arrival of troops; Dorsetshire Hill stormed; Chatoyer killed. Section 4: post at Chateaubelair; proclamation; Calliaqua burnt; arrival of the 46 Regiment; attack; a camp at Calliaqua; rangers formed; Duvalle's settlement taken; the Caribs at the Vigie; attack on Calliaqua; Dorsetshire Hill taken and retaken; reinforcement arrived; movement on the Vigie; enemy driven from the Vigie. Section 5: Caribs retreat to Mount Young; post at Owia; escape of the Caribs; their camp at Wallibo; reinforcement from Saint Lucia; Lafond's Hill; skirmishes at Morne a Garou and amusements; attack at Morne Ronde; General Myers arrived; Owia taken; attack and retreat from the Vigie; evacuated by the enemy. Section 6: arrival of the 40th, 54th, and 59th regiments with General Irwing; attack of the Vigie; evacuation by the enemy; march to Colonaire; General Stewart; English camp taken; arrival of General Hunter; the troops with drawn to Kingstown; the Vigie occupied by the enemy; skirmishes at Miller's Ridge. Section 7: arrival of General Abercromby; attack on the Vigie; surrender of the French; general orders; Caribs retreat; their removal to Balliceaux; exertions of the rangers, and general surrender; removal to Rattan; expenses of the war. Section 8: re-establishment of cultivation; Governor William Bentinck; Carb occupancies; Carib settlement at Morne Ronde; Sir George Beckwith; Colonel Browne; Sir Charles Brisbane; eruption of the Souffriere; colonial events; death of the governor. Appendices: quantity of land. (Part contents).
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