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Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 18:59:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@crl.com>
To: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@crl.com>
Cc: haiti-l@conicit.ve
Subject: Who led the boycott on Haiti of 1806?
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950602185631.29460C-100000@crl10.crl.com>

Who Led the Boycott on Haiti of 1806?

By Bob Corbett, <bcorbett@crl.com>
2 June 1995

In the book , Haiti's Caribbean Tragedy, I was surprised to read the following:

p. 296: In January 1806, France and Spain convinced the American government to declare a trade embargo against Haiti.

I have always read that it was the U.S. that LED the movement toward the embargo. This embargo had a devastating effect on Haiti's economy and is, in significant measure, a major factor in the entire economic history of Haiti. My own research for a paper I did a few years ago suggested that the U.S. was quite concened with internal politics of the U.S. which suggested a hypocritical position:

But, these authors come along and assert that the U.S. did not lead and originate such an embargo, but were led by France and Spain.

I'm interested in this for a couple of reasons -- one being that I just want to understand what happened during this period. Another is that U.S. critics of current Haitian policy always seem to blame the U.S. for virtually everything which has happened negatively to Haiti. I have even repeated the claim under question myself (the one of how led the embargo -- me, making the claim it was the U.S.). So, I'd like to know what the actual historical evidence supports.

Can anyone out there shed light on this subject?

Thanks, Bob Corbett