The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 49, Issue 2

Article 2
Toussaint Louverture’s Captivity at Fort de Joux

Dannelle Gutarra


The main purpose of this investigation is to explore the power relations evidenced during Toussaint Louverture’s imprisonment at Fort de Joux. This evaluation not only identifies how the primary sources in relation to this historical episode communicate the events that precede and provoke the captive’s death, but also facilitates a rumination about the discursive paradigms that propel the vortex of the Haitian Revolution: race, colonialism, and modernity. This study is largely based on documents available in the Nemours Collection of Haitian History, the Bibliotèque Nationale de France, and the Château de Vincennes.