Friday, 13 May 2011
Napoleon and Haiti - Napoleon Podcast Nicholas Stark
Nicholas Stark joins the regular team for the first of a three part detailed investigation of what went on in Haiti during the Napoleonic and Revolutionary wars. The answer is a lot of stuff, most of it pretty bad. Haiti at the time was a huge source of revenue for the French crown. By contrast the British colonies that had recently broken away to form the United States had probably been a net drain on Britain. With France short of cash, it couldn't afford to let Haiti slip through its fingers the way the Britain had with its possessions. The result was unimaginable brutality.
Recommended. (That is the podcast is recommended, not the brutality.)