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Chief Camp of the extinct Caribs, Grenada, 1890 - 1893

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30771A/13

Scope and Contents

317 x 223 mm. A finely detailed view looking over densely vegetated land, with mountains and the sea in the distance. This is presumably the main rebel camp at Morne Quaqua, near the Grand Etang north-east of St George's. The hill is now known as Morne Fédon after the rebel leader Julien Fédon. This rebellion, largely due to the racial tensions engendered by frequent changes of authority between the French and the English in the island, broke out in March 1795, when a body of rebels under the leadership of French planter Julien Fédon laid waste the town of Grenville. The scale of violence grew rapidly after this and at one stage the rebels held virtually the whole island apart from St George's. The stronghold at Morne Quaqua was taken on June 18th-19th, 1796, but not before twenty white prisoners had been killed in the sight of the advancing troops (a re-enactment of a similar massacre by Fédon at Morne Quaqua the previous April, when 48 British prisoners were murdered). Fédon was never recaptured, it being conjectured that he drowned attempting to escape to Trinidad in a small boat.

Dates

  • 1890 - 1893

Conditions Governing Access

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Language of Materials

English

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from slight fading in from edges.

Bibliography

An interesting account of the earlier rebellion, in April, was written by one of the three survivors: Hay, John (1823), 'A narrative of the insurrection in the island of Grenada', London: J Ridgway.

General

GD.

Finding aid date

2003-02-19 12:09:00+00:00

Includes index.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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