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'd identify a Mediterranean-style Vine and Olive colony.

This booklet debunks the traditional account of the colony, which stresses the failure of the aristocratic, luxury-loving French to tame the wilderness.  in its place, it exhibits that the Napoleonic officials excited by the colony bought their land stocks to speculators to finance an excellent extra perilous adventure--invading the contested Texas borderlands among Spain and the united states  Their departure left the Vine and Olive colony within the palms 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 information the nitty-gritty politics, economics, and backroom bargaining that led to the settlement.  He employs a wide selection of neighborhood, nationwide, and overseas resources:  from files held through the Alabama kingdom documents, Marengo County court docket files, and French-language newspapers released in the USA to fabric from the warfare Ministry files at Vincennes, the Diplomatic files on the Quai d'Orasy, and the French nationwide Archives.

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