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MORIN, Alexandre Etienne (mo-rang), West Indian historian, born in St. Lucia in 1776; died in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1831. He received his early education in Martinique, but finished his studies in Paris, and obtained the commission of lieutenant in the garrison of Santo Domingo in 1791. During the ensuing troubles in the colony he sided with the Democrats, and was the first to incite the soldiers to disregard the orders of Colonel Mauduit du Plessis (q. v.). He was arrested for his bold language, but liberated a few days later, when Mauduit was murdered by the insurgents. Morin soon became disgusted with his former associates, and, joining the regular army again, was a formidable foe to the bands of negroes that pillaged the country. He held various important commands till 1798, when he was made a prisoner by the English invaders and transported to Jamaica, whence he escaped to New Orleans in 1799. In 1803, when the French took possession again, of Louisiana, he was appointed major of the garrison of New Orleans, but after the cession to the United States he resigned his command, preferring to remain in the country. As he had no fortune he became a teacher, and founded in 1807 an academy of languages. Ha prospered, and was elected to the common council of the city in 1828, and reelected several times. He wrote " Histoire de la decouverte, de la conqueste, et de la colonisation de Porto Rico" (2 vols., New Orleans, 1812) ; "Histoire de la domination Espagnole h la Louisiane" (3 vols., 1818)" and " Matdriaux d'une histoire generale des bouccaniers" (4 vols., 1821).
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