Julien Fedon

Julien Fedon was born on the Island of Martinique he was the son of Pierre Fedon, a French jeweller his mother, meanwhile, was a free black slave of Martinica. The family moved to Grenada in the 1750s, Married to Marie Rose Cavelan, a mulatto in 1787, Fedon and his wife settled in Belvedere Estate in the Parish of St. John where he owned a farm.

Julien Fedon was the leader of a slave revolt that took place in Grenada from March 2, 1795 to June 19, 1796 thus the rebellion is known as “Fedon Rebellion”.  His objective was to convert slaves into citizens, and eliminate British colonial rule, returning it to the French people. To do this, he fought against the landlords and white British bourgeois, with the help of several troops formed by around 100 freed slaves and mulattoes his attacks went so coordinate, against the cities of Grenville and Gouyave.

Fedon established several fortifications to face the British attacks; thus Rebellion allowed them to control the whole island except the St. George Parish, the place where stood the seat of government. During those months, about 14,000 of the 28,000 slaves on Grenada at the time were allied to the Revolutionary Forces, with many French people who had seen that their land, Grenada, ceded to the British in 1763, and that of French Catholics in the island, excluded from civil and political rights because of their religion.

The April 8, 1796, a brother of Fédon died because to a British attack in its field. To avenge the death of his brother, Fédon ordered the execution of 48 prisoners (of the 53 that he had) who were with him on the mountain, including Governor Ninian Home.

The forces of Fédon were defeated the next day on the steep hills and ridges near Mt Qua Qua. The few surviving rebels flung themselves down the mountain. Fedon was never captured and his whereabouts is unknown after the revolution. It is believed, however, that he may have tried to flee the island by canoe, which could have sunk when it was already at a distance from the island.

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