“The capture of Bizotton determined the fate of Port-au-Prince.  The party remained in the fort till joined by the main body of the army from Larcahaye, which, one part by land, and the other by sea, made its approach on the side next the rich plain of Cul de Sac.  On the 4th of June they arrived within three miles of the town, and, at ten in the morning, the detachment of Colonel Spencer marched to occupy a post on the heights behind the capital.  When they had advanced about half way they were met by a mulatto woman, who acquainted them, to their surprize, with its evacuation.  Colonel de Charmilly, with fifty of the colonial cavalry, were dispatched to ascertain the fact, which they found as she had stated; and they immediately took possession of the fort of the Gate of Leogane.  About half an hour after, a cry was heard from a cellar in a very concealed situation, and up on the door being broke open, a negro was discovered, surrounded by barrels of gunpowder.  The unhappy wretch had been placed there, according to the opinion of M. de Charmilly, the preceding night, to blow them up at a certain time, but his match being extinguished, his own life, as well as that of those who surrounded him, were thus spared by mere accident….

Such was the capture of this important capital, whose character and wealth had tempted every person employed in the intended conquest of the island.  Within the compass of its lines were one hundred and thirty one pieces of cannon regularly mounted in batteries.  In the harbor were twenty-two vessels laden with sugar, indigo, and coffee, of which thirteen were from three to five hundred tons burthen, besides seven thousand tons of shipping in ballast, in value amounting to 400,000 l. A booty much more considerable was conveyed away by the commissioners, who loaded two hundred mules with their riches, and carried away near two thousand persons in their train.  Having previously arranged their affairs, and finding the people of colour, (of whose aid, they had only intended to avail themselves temporarily,) possessed of the whole natural strength of the island, under the mulatto Rigaud, and a negro named Toussaint L’Ouverture, they soon after quitted the colony, consigning immense wealth both to America and Farnce, leaving General Laveaux in the character of commander in chief; and returned to France, where they received from the government presiding at that time a sanction of their proceedings.” —Marcus Rainsford, p. 119-121

From An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti, by Marcus Rainsford, edited by Paul Youngquist and Grégory Pierrot (Duke University Press, 2013)

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