Brief Notices of Hayti: with its condition, resources, and prospects
Thomas Ward & Co. Charles Gilpin.
Travel Writings
Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, University of London. Friends House Library, London. British Library. Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
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Condition Future Haiti Cuba Abolitionist Post-Slavery Travel Narrative
After a stay in Jamaica, where he was enthused by the prospect of a shared post-slavery future for the Caribbean islands, British Quaker abolitionist John Candler embarked on a tour of the Greater Antilles by steam ship. He called at Cuba, where he was warned against landing, and finally arrived in Haiti in January 1841. Candler toured Haiti, meeting with its political and religious leaders, distributing religious and pacifist texts, visiting prisons and schools, etc. He finds "common cause" (40) with the Haitians over the issue of slavery, which ensured him a "cordial reception" (41) in the country. Candler gives a positive report of Haiti's economy and post-slavery labour market, despite the detested Rural Code, and the "great and leading grievance" of the debt owed to France (113). In his conclusions he calls for the development of a national educational system and reform of the church and armed forces in Haiti.