Governor de Ricard wanted to arm St. Lucia’s black people so they could help defend the island, but the remaining white planters were frightened of the prospect and encouraged him to delay the plan.
That left de Ricard with limited choices and a great deal of worries. Eventually, the National Convention in Paris decided on the matter for him
Did you know during the Battle of Rabot in April 1795, there was a camp on the northern side of the L’Ivronge River within striking distance of the road from Choiseul to Rabot?
This camp was under the command of a colored woman named Flore Bois Gaillard. She was a prominent leader of the revolutionary party at that time and today her name lives on in Piton Flore.
Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012