[Marxism] [UCE] The Louisiana Purchase

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 27 08:45:52 MDT 2017

"The deeper truth was that Louisiana was a providential gift from the
insurgent slaves and the malaria-carrying mosquitoes of Santo Domingo (now
the Dominican Republic and Haiti). The immediate cause of Napoleon's
decision to abandon his dreams of a French empire in America was the
disastrous failure of a twenty-five-thousand­-man expeditionary force
headed by Charles Leclerc, Napoleon's brother-in-law, that had been
dispatched to Santo Domingo to sup­press the slave insurrection there under
the charismatic leadership of a black man named Toussaint L'Ouverture.
Believing that a show of American support against the revolutionary
government of Toussaint might win Napoleon's favor, Jefferson had informed
the French gov­ernment that 'nothing would be easier than to furnish your
army and fleet with everything, and to reduce Toussaint to
starvation.' As it hap­pened, Leclerc's troops were decimated in the savage
fighting against the slave insurrectionaries before American aid could
arrive, and the mosquitoes killed off the rest. The virtual extinction of
the French expeditionary force, which had been scheduled to proceed to New
Orleans after dispatching the blacks of Santo Domingo, was the imme­diate
cause of Napoleon's decision to cut his losses in the Western Hemisphere.
In that sense, Jefferson was not only extraordinarily lucky but also
beholden to historical forces that he had actually opposed.

"If, then, one ever wished to construct a monument in New Orleans
memorializing the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson would have to be a central
figure, but he would also need to be flanked by busts of Tous­saint and his
fellow black insurrectionaries, plus perhaps a tribute to the deadly


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