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Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement

Sara Fanning


Shortly after winning its independence in 1804, Haiti's leaders realized that if their nation was to survive, it needed to build strong diplomatic bonds with other nations. Haiti's first leaders looked especially hard at the United States, which had a sizeable free black population that included vocal champions of black emigration and colonization. In the 1820s, President Jean-Pierre Boyer helped facilitate a migration of thousands of black Americans to Haiti with promises of ample land, rich commercial prospects, and most importantly, a black state. His ideas struck a chord with both blacks a ... More

Keywords: Haiti, black emigration, colonization, Jean-Pierre Boyer, African Americans, Caribbean, black Eden, Haitian history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814764930
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814764930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Fanning, author
Texas Woman's University