By Rafe Blaufarb
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 identify a Mediterranean-style Vine and Olive colony.
This e-book debunks the normal account of the colony, which stresses the failure of the aristocratic, luxury-loving French to tame the wilderness. as an alternative, it indicates that the Napoleonic officials fascinated with the colony offered their land stocks to speculators to finance a fair extra perilous adventure--invading the contested Texas borderlands among Spain and the united states Their departure left the Vine and Olive colony within the fingers of French refugees from the Haitian slave revolt. whereas they quickly deserted vine cultivation, they effectively recast themselves as wealthy, slaveholding cotton growers and steadily 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 info the nitty-gritty politics, economics, and backroom bargaining that led to the settlement. He employs a large choice of neighborhood, nationwide, and foreign resources: from records held through the Alabama kingdom files, Marengo County courtroom files, and French-language newspapers released in the USA to fabric from the battle Ministry records at Vincennes, the Diplomatic records on the Quai d'Orasy, and the French nationwide Archives.