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De insulis Karaybicis relationes manuscriptæ: Adrien Le Breton, The Last Jesuit Missionary in the “Carib Island” of St. Vincent

Abstract : From his experience on St. Vincent, Adrien Le Breton has left a set of five manuscripts, now being preserved at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris. It reveals in particular an Herbier karaïbe in which he describes nearly 500 plant species observed at St. Vincent and Dominica. This paper, however, focuses on manuscript 939 (Ms. 939): the De insulis Karaybicis relationes manuscriptæ. This composite manuscript, written in both Latin and French, consists of 121 pages and describes the islands of St. Vincent and Martinique, with specific references to the Amerindian populations of these islands. Obviously, the Ms. 939 was meant to be published, but this has never been done. However, it appears to have formed the basis of an anonymous manuscript entitled Description de l’isle de Saint-Vincent, preserved today in the Archives départementales de la Martinique. This paper will look at Ms. 939 in detail and analyse the document, and specifically its description of indigenous populations, in its historical context.
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Benoît Roux. De insulis Karaybicis relationes manuscriptæ: Adrien Le Breton, The Last Jesuit Missionary in the “Carib Island” of St. Vincent. Corinne L. Hofman; Anne Van Duijvenbode. Communities in Contact. Essays in archaeology, ethnohistory and ethnography of the Amerindian circum-Caribbean, Sidestone, pp.343-359, 2011, 9789088900631. ⟨halshs-01598281⟩

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