About the Book
In André Rigaud, written in French, Michel R. Doret Ph. D, writing the story of the life of Saint-Domingue (former Haiti) born French general, throws a new and realistic light on the events that preceded and occasioned the Haitian Revolution. Dr. Doret questions with us the traditional historians of the time to give us a true picture of the facts surrounding the conquest of the Independence by the Caribbean nation.
With him, we will accompany André Rigaud, returning from America to the island after an heroic participation to the fight for the American Independence in Savannah, becoming a general in French Saint-Domingue, his disagreement with the local policy of the colons, his engagement for the implementation of the decree by the Metropole in favor of the freedom of the slaves, that was later achieved in spite of his forced exile to France, after a bloody fight with another French general, the well-known Toussaint-Louverture.
Discover the ineluctability of his role, while serving his profound ideal of Freedom, acquired while studying in France at the time of the triumph of the Philosophie des Lumières and how his political decisions and actions made of him one of the most important predecessors of the independence of the island. Witness the details of his death at an early age, following his return from exile and creating the Republic of the South.
This book will hopefully, in its objectivity and wealth of information, contribute to reestablishing the purity of his image, unjustly tarnished for lack of documentation, ignorance or political reasons. It will perhaps encourage making a film of the subject, thus giving the world a good chance to get familiar with the Caribbean nation and its past, at a time when the world is getting smaller and smaller and neighbors better acquainted.