For the past week my days have consisted of searching the America’s Historical Newspapers database for anything Saint Domingue and Charleston, SC related. It is a slow process, but at times rewarding. I have found some interesting articles, a lot in French, and I have to say the f=s thing is tougher in French than English.
One of the more interesting articles lists the Market Prices for a barrel of wine, flour, oil and the price of soap at Cape Francois in June of 1799. I find it fascinating, it’s an economical indication of what is happening on the ground in the midst of it all.
So when I find an article that is relevant I put it on a spreadsheet that I created. I’ve included it in an altered form for the curious. Keep in mind that the list is growing everyday. newspaper.pdf
I also found this: http://www.davidrumsey.com/index.html. This website has tons of maps from the 18th century. There are three of Saint Domingue/Haiti.
Outside of sitting at my computer, I’m reading a book by Nathalie Dessens, From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans: Migration and Influences. It is a parallel study of refugees who ended up in New Orleans.