A Look at Caribbean Slav­ery Through Eyes of a De­scen­dant

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Against im­pos­si­ble odds, a rag­tag army of black, mu­latto, and poor French­men band to­gether to fight for free­dom over elite sol­diers from Bri­tain and Napoleon’s grand army on the tiny Caribbean Is­land of Saint Lu­cia.

This com­pelling his­tor­i­cal novel be­gins dur­ing the French Revo­lu­tion in the late 1700s, when the is­lands were home to slaves from across the seas. Although starv­ing and in rags, this mis­matched band of rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies was led by a black woman named Madli­enne Des Voeux.

Sea­son of Mist salutes the tri­umph of the hu­man spirit over ad­ver­sity, when this im­pos­si­ble, im­prob­a­ble poor man’s army de­feats the su­pe­rior forces fi­nanced by Roy­al­ist, Bri­tish, and French planters.

Forty years later, Madli­enne is an old woman who is fi­nally able to con­front the es­caped op­po­si­tion leader whose troops killed her fam­ily. Will jus­tice fi­nally be served?

Born and raised on Saint Lu­cia, Mac Don­ald Dixon is now writ­ing full-time since re­tir­ing in 2013 as a trade con­sul­tant with the is­land’s govern­ment. “As an am­a­teur his­to­rian, I have al­ways wanted to see my his­tory through the eyes of my peo­ple, and not the col­o­nizer’s or op­pres­sor’s. Sea­son of Mist is one such of­fer­ing.” He hopes to “dis­pel pre­con­ceived no­tions of his­tory and his­tor­i­cal events as told by our col­o­niz­ers, and try to see them in a new light. Mil­lions were taken from their homes in Africa, In­dia, China, and Ire­land, and brought to these is­lands against their will. Their de­scen­dants know their sto­ries and must tell the world the truth.”

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