Scope and Content
The diary covers part 1820 and 1821 when its writer, an unidentified Catskill, New Yorker, lived in Jeremie, Haiti. The man, who was trained as a smith, attempted to make his living working as a smith and eventually, out of necessity, as a carpenter. The diary has some rich descriptions of Mardi Gras, a New Year's celebration with an elaborate procession and parade, funerals and wakes, and the landscape around Jeremie. It also contains some interesting rumors about Christophe, Petion and Boyer. The smith ultimately becomes disenchanted with the lack of economic opportunities and the racial situation (he often complained of injustices because he was a white man), and the diary ends with his return to the United States.
The collection is available in digital format. Use of original diary is restricted.
0.03 Linear feet (1 volume (28 leaves))
Language of Materials
Journal of unidentified American smith who lived briefly in Haiti.
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
- A Guide to the Jeremie Journal
- Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
- August 2004
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
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