Analysis Of ' Cayenne ' By Robert De Cluny Essay

812 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Due to the nature of her enterprise, Javouhey was neither liked nor popular in Cayenne. According to Curtis, because French Guiana depended heavily on slave labor, to the majority of French colonial residents, Javouhey’s project was only useful in that it distanced “semi-free blacks” and “the slaves who guaranteed their livelihood.” Even those who were not unequivocally against the Sisters of Saint-Joseph de Cluny’s efforts had concerns regarding the liberation of slaves because, more often than not, they were slave owners themselves. She warned her sisters to “ne croyez rien des absurdités qu 'on vous débite” and that “tout cela n 'est dirigé que contre Mana, qu 'ils voient réussir et qu 'ils ont juré de détruire par tous les moyens imaginables.” The public in Cayenne felt that Javouhey’s project was an affront to civil interests and a violation against the already in-place regulations regarding free-blacks. Although Javouhey was allowed to continue with her work because of her support from the government in metropolitan France, the French colonists in Guiana were not pleased. In 1838, to one of her sisters, Javouhey wrote:
Nous avons un grand nombre d 'ennemis qui sont au désespoir de nous voir réussir. Ce qui les confond, c 'est que nous ne nous plaignons pas, que nous ne voulons pas de gendarmes, que notre autorité suffit pour réprimer les plus mutins. Enfin nous avons des vivres en grande abondance, tandis qu 'ils sont dans la disette depuis près de trois ans. Dans…

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