Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Spotting - Free Blacks in Hayti

   Published on the 12th of February in 1817 in the Delaware Gazette & State Journal out of Wilmington, DE
From the New York Columbian
Necessity of Colony of Free Blacks,
Superseded.
  We have and abstract of the constitution of Hayti some weeks ago; and out of compassion for the conscientious members of the Colonizing Society, who cannot sleep in their beds, we again publish the 44th clause, which show a land of promise nearer our doors than Sierra Leone:
          44. “Every African, Indian and their descendants, born in the colonies of foreign countries, who shalt come to reside in the Republic, shall be recognized as Haytians, but shall not enjoy the rights of citizenship until after a years residence.”

     The same constitution that excludes the white man, invites the black, and gentlemen form Port au Prince have assures us that President Petion gives a marked welcome to the Free Blacks from the United States who settle in Hayti.