Jean Marie Cahusac Letterbook

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Date: 1806-1836
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Jean Marie Cahusac (b. 1779 or 1780) was a minor French official. Cahusac lived for a time on Guadeloupe in the French West Indies, where he was forced to take up arms to suppress the slave revolt of 1802. After later travel across the Alleghenies and downriver to New Orleans, he returned to France and wrote a narrative of his American experience that described the "despotism" and "anarchy" of the West Indies.

Scope and Content Note:
Copies of 94 pieces of correspondence and other documents concerning the travels of Cahusac to the United States, Guadalupe, St. Thomas, and Haiti.

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