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Queen Anacaona

Enriquillo

It has been sixteen years since they brought Enriquillo, son of beautiful Queen Anacaona, to a convent of the Franciscan monks to be raised.  On that day most of his family were massacred by the Spaniards.  He is now a young man of nineteen, speaks Spanish well, and is tall and aloof, speaking little and sleeping even less.  His royal lineage does not keep him from being enslaved—after all, he’s an “Indian.”  One night, the arrogant man who bought him tries to rape his wife Mencia.  Outraged, Enriquillo tries to gain justice for this crime through the courts, but to no avail.  Having exhausted all legal means, he leaves for the mountains with his people and several trained and armed slaves.

After fourteen years of resistance, the Spanish Emperor Charles V is humiliated and so anxious to gain peace that he directs the governor to deliver a royal letter to Enriquillo.  Enriquillo accepts the terms of peace while maintaining the secrecy of his camp.  In his bones he knows the deceit of these Europeans.  When the treaty is signed the people rejoice, for they are declared free.  Enriquillo dies in 1535, leaving behind the memory of his heroic struggle that will take nearly three centuries to complete.

Jean Fouchard, The Haitian Maroons, 304-305.

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