Fédon's rebellion

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Fédon's rebellion (March 2, 1795 – June 19, 1796) was an uprising against British rule of Grenada, predominantly led by free mixed-race French-speakers. Although a significant number of slaves were involved, they fought on both sides. The stated purpose of the rebellion was 'to create a black republic just like Haiti' [1] rather than to free slaves, so it is not properly called a slave rebellion, although freedom of the slaves would have been a probable consequence of its success. Under the leadership of Julien Fédon, owner of a plantation in the mountainous interior of the island, and encouraged by French Revolutionary leaders on Guadeloupe, the rebels seized control of most of the island (St. George's, the capital, was never taken), but were eventually crushed by a military expedition led by General Ralph Abercromby.

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