Caumale and sugarcane
Their greatest source of wealth, sugarcane, is so difficult to cultivate that it leads to the arrival of the first slaves…
« I’m leaving here on a vessel that holds nothing but myself and 800 crates of sugar, such that if I arrive safely at port, I’ll arrive candied, and if, for an adventure, I am shipwrecked with all this, it will at least be of some consolation to me to die in sweet water. »
In Saint-Domingue they also speak of “sugar princesses; they were often frightfully capricious, indolent and with no spirit… destined to decorate the house of a planter or a French aristocrat… »
Humbolt’s travel log.