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By Eric Saugera,Madeleine Velguth


The heritage of the Vine and Olive Colony in Demopolis, Alabama, has lengthy been clouded through romantic myths. The thought that it used to be a doomed try out by means of Napoleonic exiles in the US to plant a wine- and olive-growing neighborhood in Alabama in keeping with the beliefs of the French Revolution, has lengthy been strengthened by way of the pictures which were proliferated within the well known mind's eye of French women (in Josephine-style robes) and gents (in officer’s complete costume uniforms) lounging within the breeze at the bluffs overlooking the Tombigbee River whereas solid French peasants plowed the wealthy soil of the Black Belt. certainly, those picturesque photographs come with reference to matching the desires that the various exiles themselves entertained upon arrival.


But Eric Saugera’s fresh scholarship does a lot to complicate the tale. in line with a wealthy cache of letters through cost founders and promoters came upon in French neighborhood files, Reborn in America humanizes the refugees, who end up to were as attracted to profiteering as they have been in social engineering and who dallied with schemes to revive the Bonapartes and go back gloriously to their homeland.


The information offered during this tale upload greatly to what we all know of antebellum Alabama and foreign intrigues within the many years after Napoleon’s defeat, and shed gentle besides at the different, much less glamorous refugees: planters fleeing from the revolution in Haiti, whose curiosity used to be even more basically agricultural and whose lasting effect at the sector was once way more durable.

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