“Boyer saw a farm started by some of these slaves who, before they got their freedom, came to Haiti by boat and settled there and had this farm. And he said to himself: people like this will make a great nation. That is why he contacted the American people because he knew that they were people that worked, liked liberty and wanted to do something great for themselves and for the communities where they live.“

Martha (Leticia) Willmore. Historiographer. Ame Bethel, Samaná, Dominican Republic.

This interview was conducted in English. Many of the descendants of the AME settlers in Samaná still keep the tradition of communicating in the language of their ancestors among themselves.


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