New PDF release: Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees

By Rafe Blaufarb

ISBN-10: 0817358803

ISBN-13: 9780817358808

Bonapartists within the Borderlands recounts how Napoleonic exiles and French refugees from Europe and the Caribbean joined forces with Latin American insurgents, Gulf pirates, and overseas adventurers to hunt their fortune within the Gulf borderlands.  The U.S. Congress welcomed the French to the USA and granted them a wide tract of wealthy Black Belt land close to Demopolis, Alabama, at the that they might determine a Mediterranean-style Vine and Olive colony.

This publication debunks the normal account of the colony, which stresses the failure of the aristocratic, luxury-loving French to tame the wilderness.  as a substitute, it exhibits that the Napoleonic officials concerned about the colony offered their land stocks to speculators to finance an excellent extra perilous adventure--invading the contested Texas borderlands among Spain and the united states  Their departure left the Vine and Olive colony within the arms of French refugees from the Haitian slave revolt.  whereas they quickly deserted vine cultivation, they effectively recast themselves as filthy rich, slaveholding cotton growers and progressively fused right into a new elite with newly arrived Anglo-American planters.

Rafe Blaufarb examines the underlying motivations and goals that encouraged this pastime and information the nitty-gritty politics, economics, and backroom bargaining that ended in the settlement.  He employs a wide selection of neighborhood, nationwide, and overseas resources:  from files held via the Alabama country records, Marengo County court docket files, and French-language newspapers released in the US to fabric from the warfare Ministry data at Vincennes, the Diplomatic data on the Quai d'Orasy, and the French nationwide Archives.

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