Thursday, August 18, 2005

Alexandre Moreau De Jonnes

A frenchman, later well known for his pioneering work in social statistics, who in his younger years participated in some aspects of the French Revolution. Of particulat interest (one hopes) to the readers of this blog he served as the channel through which Victor Hughes helped the Caribs of St. Vincent in their fights with the British. The parts of his memoires dealing withy his experiences in the Caribbean during the Carib-English War of 1795 (that the English call the "Brigand's War") were translated by General Arby in 1920 and are long since out of print. Later translations do not include the Caribbean part of his adventures (as I found out by purchasing copies). I finally, after several years, found a (rather expensive) copy of General Arby's translation and have now scanned it for the internet. I think it should be of interest to anyone interested in the history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Garifuna.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines recognises Chatoyer as a national hero, but there isn't much about Chatoyer that gives an insight into his personality. The Caribs that Moreau De Jonnes describe have personality to spare.